Executive Orders - Policy

The Federal Register

The Federal Register is a daily journal of the United States government. The White House sends all Presidential documents after the President signs an executive order to the Office of the Federal Register (OFR). The OFR numbers each order consecutively as part of a series and publishes it in the daily Federal Register shortly after receipt.

Language Access

Executive Order 13166, August 11, 2000, Issued by President William J. Clinton- Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency. This Executive Order requires Federal agencies to examine the services they provide, identify any need for services to those with limited English proficiency (LEP), and develop and implement a system to provide those services so LEP persons can have meaningful access to them.

Diversity and Inclusion

Resolution of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Condemning Violence, Harassment, and Bias Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States , March 19, 2021, Issued by U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Executive Order 13995, January 21, 2021, Issued by President Joe Biden - Ensuring an Equitable Pandemic Response and Recovery

Executive Order 13993, January 20, 2021, Issued by President Joe Biden - Revision of Civil Immigration Enforcement Policies and Priorities

Executive Order 13985, January 20, 2021, Issued by President Joe Biden - Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government

Executive Order 13583, August 18, 2011, Issued by President Barack Obama – Establishing a Coordinated Government-wide Initiative to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce. This Executive Order directs executive departments and agencies of the federal government “to develop and implement a more comprehensive, integrated, and strategic focus on diversity and inclusion as a key component of their human resource strategies.”

Executive Order 13562, December 27, 2010, Issued by President Barack Obama – Recruiting and Hiring Students and Recent Graduates. This Executive Order established new pathways for students and recent graduates to enter the federal workplace through a streamlined, transparent, and more uniform hiring process.

Executive Order 11478, May 28, 1998, Issued by President William J. Clinton – Equal Employment Opportunity in the Federal Government. This Executive Order prohibited discrimination in the competitive service of the federal civilian workforce on certain grounds.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Congressional Resolution, Pub. L. 95-419, 1978 – To commemorate Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week during the first week of each May.

Presidential Proclamation 4650, March 28, 1979, Issued by President Carter – Designated the week beginning May 4, 1979 as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.

Congressional Resolution, Pub.L. 101-283, 1990 – To expand Asian/Pacific American Heritage month from a week-long celebration to a month-long celebration.

Presidential Proclamation 6130, May 7, 1990, Issued by President George H.W. Bush – Designated May 1990 as the first Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.

Congressional Resolution, Pub. L. 102-42 – Congressional Resolution, Pub. L. 102-42 - Passed unanimously by Congress and signed by President George W.W. Bush on May 14, 1991. Law requested that the President proclaim May, 1991 and May, 1992 as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Months.

Congressional Law, Pub. L. 102-450 – Permanently designated May of each year as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

Executive Order 13339, May 13, 2004, Issued by George W. Bush – Increasing Economic Opportunity and Business Participation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Executive Order 13515, Executive Order 13515, October 14, 2009, Issued by President Barack Obama – Increasing Participation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Federal Programs

Executive Order 13125, (Amended), June 7, 1999, Issued by President William J. Clinton – Increasing participation of Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Federal Programs

Executive Order 13216, June 6, 2001, Issued By President George W. Bush – Increasing Opportunity and Improving Quality of Life of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Black Americans

Presidential Speech, 1976, President Gerald Ford – In a speech urged Americans to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history."

Presidential Proclamation, 1978, Issued by President Carter – Declared February as National Black History Month.

Executive Order 11478, August 8, 1969, Issued by President Richard M. Nixon - Equal Employment Opportunity in the Federal Government

Executive Order 13256, February 12, 2002, Issued by George W. Bush – President's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Executive Order 13532, February 26, 2010, Issued by President Barack Obama – White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Promoting Excellence, Innovation and Sustainability at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Hispanic Americans

Presidential Executive Order 3869, 1968, Issued by President Lyndon Johnson – Declared Hispanic Heritage Week.

Congressional Action, Pub. L. No. 100-402 and Presidential Proclamation, August 17,1988, Issued by President Ronald Reagan – Declared September 15 to October 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Sixteen-Point Federal Employment Plan, 1970, Issued by President Nixon – issued a comprehensive Plan aimed at increasing Hispanic representation in the Federal workforce. In 1973, the 16-point plan was renamed “Spanish-Speaking Program” to emphasize bilingual skills; and in 1978, the program was again renamed to what it is known as today, the “Hispanic Employment Program” (HEP).

Executive Order 13171, October 12, 2000, Issued by President Clinton – Hispanic Employment in the Federal Government

Executive Order 13555,October 19, 2010, Issued by President Obama – White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

Executive Order 13583, August, 18, 2011, Issued by President Obama – Establishing a Coordinated Government-wide Initiative to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce

Native Americans

Presidential Proclamation, September 28,1915, Issued by President Sherman Coolidge - Declared the second Saturday of each May as American Indian Day and significantly declared American Indians as citizens.

Executive Order 13647, June 26, 2013, Issued by President Barack Obama – Establishes the White House Council on Native American Affairs.

Executive Order 13592, December 2, 2011, Issued by President Barack Obama – Improving American Indian and Alaska Native Educational Opportunities and Strengthening Tribal Colleges and Universities.

Executive Order 13336, April 30, 2004, Issued by President George W. Bush – American Indian and Alaska Native Education

Executive Order 13007, May 24, 1996, Issued by President William J. Clinton – Indian Sacred Sites

People with Disabilities

Public Law 100-630, 1988 - Declared the month of October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Executive Order 13078, March 13, 1998, Issued by President William J. Clinton - Increasing Employment of Adults with Disabilities

Executive Order 13187, January 10, 2001, Issued by President William J. Clinton - President's Disability Employment Partnership Board

Executive Order 13163, July 26, 2000, Issued by President William J. Clinton - Increasing the Opportunity for Individuals with Disabilities to be Employed in the Federal Government

Executive Order 13548, July 26, 2010, Issued by President Barack Obama - Increasing Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities

Sexual and Gender Minorities

Executive Order 13988, January 20, 2021, Issued by President Joe Biden - Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

Women

Proclamation, 1980, Issued by President Jimmy Carter – Declared Week of March 8th, 1980 as National Women's History Wee

Congressional Law, Pub. L. 100-9 – Declared the Month of March as Women's History Month

Executive Order 11478, August 8, 1969, Issued by Richard M. Nixon – Equal employment opportunity in the Federal Government

Executive Order 11375, October 13, 1967, Issued by President Lyndon B. Johnson – Establishes the Federal Women’s Program