President Biden Signs Executive Order to Promote Pay Equity – ESR NEWS – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

In March of 2022, United States President Joe Biden signed an “Executive Order on Advancing Economy, Efficiency, and Effectiveness in Federal Contracting by Promoting Pay Equity and Transparency” to eliminate discriminatory pay practices that inhibit the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of the U.S. Federal workforce and the procurement of property and services by the U.S. Federal Government.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) anticipates issuing a proposed rule that will address the use of salary history in the hiring and pay-setting processes for Federal employees, consistent with Executive Order 14035 of June 25, 2021 (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce). The purpose of this order is to direct the consideration of parallel efforts with respect to Federal procurement.

The Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council, in consultation with the Secretary of Labor and the heads of other executive departments and agencies, “shall consider issuing proposed rules to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in Federal procurement by enhancing pay equity and transparency for


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