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Obama Orders Diversity Plans for Fed Workforce

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President Barack Obama issued an executive order Thursday mandating federal agencies develop plans for improving diversity in the federal workforce.

The order directs the director of the Office of Personnel Management, a deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, the President’s Management Council and the chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to develop plans within 90 days.

Agencies will then have 120 days to implement the plans into their hiring and recruiting.

An OPM report says in fiscal year 2010, the federal workforce was 66.2 percent white, 17.7 percent black, 8 percent Hispanic, 5.6 percent Asian/Pacific Islander and 1.8 percent Native American. Males made up 56.1 percent of the federal workforce.

The AP reports Obama will unveil a plan for job creation next month.

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