April 14, 2022
On the first day of the Biden-Harris Administration, President Biden signed Executive Order 13985 on “Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government,” calling for a comprehensive approach for the Federal Government to transform itself—for fairness and equity to become not just ideals, but principles embedded in the daily practices by which Government serves its people.
Federal agencies collectively serve as the nation’s largest employer and largest buyer, and they carry out missions that allow individuals, State, local, Tribal, and territorial governments, educational systems, businesses, and industries here in the United States and abroad to thrive. However, too many people have been historically underserved and experienced marginalization, disenfranchisement, and lost opportunity.
Links to Key Equity-Related Materials
OGE’s Equity Action Plan (PDF)
Learn more about the Administration’s Equity Agenda
Learn more about government-wide equity efforts
Opportunities for Stakeholder Engagement
OGE will post opportunities for stakeholder engagement here, as well as on its Twitter page.
OGE's Equity Team
OGE’s Chief of Staff and Deputy Director for Compliance, two of the agency’s three members of the Senior Executive Service, serve as members of the agency’s Equity Team and are leading OGE’s equity efforts. OGE’s equity implementation team is made up of an additional 10 employees from across the agency.
OGE's Notable Equity-Related Accomplishments and New Initiatives Launched Since the Issuance of EO 13985
ACTION 1- REMOVE INEQUITIES IN ETHICS EDUCATION TO ENABLE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES TO BETTER SERVE THE PUBLIC
- Formed an implementation team focused on supporting thousands of ethics officials in creating and delivering inclusive and accessible training to more than 2 million federal employees.
- Began to research and compile a list of promising practices and resources to share with ethics officials.
- Compiled and began to review OGE’s own collection of ethics education resources for federal employees to ensure these resources reflect the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
ACTION 2 – IMPROVE EQUITABLE ACCESS TO ETHICS RECORDS AVAILABLE UNDER THE ETHICS IN GOVERNMENT ACT
- Formed an implementation team focused on improving access for the public to individual’s ethics records.
- Began to review OGE’s instructions and communications for barriers to accessing ethics records.
- Simplified the hyperlink for requesting an ethics document within the Officials’ Individual Disclosures Search Collection.
- Removed a barrier for accessing ethics documents for the very most senior government officials by making them available for immediate download in all places they appear.
ACTION 3 – USE THE AGENCY’S PURCHASING POWER TO REDUCE INEQUITIES
- Formed an implementation team focused on using OGE’s spending to reduce inequities.
- Implemented a monthly tracking system to ensure OGE meets or exceeds established goals set by the administration in obtaining supplies and services from small, disadvantaged, and under-utilized businesses.