Biden Progress Report

Biden Signing documents on Oval desk

We applaud the first 100 days of the Biden-Harris administration. While it is the most diverse administration in history, it is not yet representative of the American people. Below is a Progress Report of the Policies, Personnel, Scorecards, Recommendations, and Benchmarks. (Last Updated: April 23, 2021)

Appointments

  • Kamala Harris – First woman and First Person of Color to serve as Vice President
  • Janet Yellen – First woman to serve as Secretary of the Treasury
  • Lloyd Austin – First African American to serve as Secretary of Defense
  • Xavier Becerra – First Latino to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Deb Haaland – First Native American to serve as Secretary of the Interior and first Native American Cabinet Secretary
  • Katherine Tai – First Asian American and First Woman of Color to serve as US Trade Representative
  • Pete Buttigieg – First openly gay Cabinet Secretary to serve as Secretary of Transportation
  • Alejandro Mayorkas – First Latino as Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Avril Haines – First female to serve Director of National Intelligence
  • Cecilia Rouse – First African American Woman to serve as Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers
  • Christine Wormuth – First female to serve as Secretary of the Army*
  • Wally Adeyamo – First African American to serve as Deputy Secretary of the Treasury
  • Wendy Sherman – First female to serve as Deputy Secretary of State
  • Kathleen Hicks – First female to serve as Deputy Secretary of Defense
  • Rachel Levine – First openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the US Senate to serve as Assistant Secretary for Health
  • Shawn Skelly – First transgender Assistant Secretary for Readiness, Department of Defense*
  • Karine Jean-Pierre – First openly lesbian person to serve as the vice-presidential chief of staff
  • First all-female Communications Team

( “*” Asterisk indicates political appointees that are not yet Senate-Confirmed.)

Policies

  • Executive Order #14035: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce (link)
  • Executive Order #13985: Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government (link)
  • Executive Order #13988: Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation (link)
  • Executive Order #14004: Enabling All Qualified Americans to Serve Their Country in Uniform (link)
  • National Security Memorandum #3: Memorandum on Revitalizing America’s Foreign Policy and National Security Workforce, Institutions, and Partnerships (link)
  • White House briefings will include an American Sign Language interpreter (link)
  • WhiteHouse.gov has an Accessibility Policy (link)
  • Created positions of Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer (CDIO) at the White House (Michael Leach), State Department (Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley), Department of Defense (Bishop Garrison), and the FBI (Scott McMillion).
  • Made Director of Disability Policy part of the Domestic Policy Council (DPC)

DEI Scorecard

We believe in holding government accountable for translating these efforts into systemic changes. To do so, we developed a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Scorecard and have begun to assess personnel demographics and enacted policies by each department and agencies. For more details, see our full DEI Scorecard.

Department/Agency/OfficeInclusion Rule for Hiring and PromotingWorkforce Diversity MetricsRetention MetricsD&I Strategic PlanChief Diversity OfficerEase of Access to Diversity Data
Department of Defense
Department of Justice
Department of Transportation
Department of Treasury
Department of State
Department of Homeland Security



White House – Executive Office of the President

Gaps

  • Cabinet members
    • No Asian American serving as a Cabinet Secretary; the first time in two decades.
    • People with Disabilities 0%, far below parity (25%)
  • Deputy Secretaries
    • Latina/o/x/ Hispanic 3.8%, far below parity (18.5%)
    • Native American / American Indian 0.0%, far below parity (1.3%)
    • Middle Eastern / North African 0.0%, far below parity (3.0%)
    • People with Disabilities 0%, far below parity (25%)
  • Chiefs of Staff
    • Latina/o/x/ Hispanic 0%, far below parity (18.5%)
    • Black/African American 8.7%, below parity (13.4%)
    • Native American / American Indian 0.0%, below parity (1.3%)
    • Middle Eastern / North African 0.0%, below parity (3.0%)
    • Only one woman of color (4.3%), far below parity (20%)
    • People with Disabilities 0%, far below parity (25%)

Room for Improvement

  • Regularly disclose and disaggregate demographic data, as appropriate. Data about Gender Identity, Race/Ethnicity, and Sexual Orientation have been reported but nothing on Disability or Religion.  Some categories need be disaggregated further (i.e. Middle Eastern Americans, Asian Americans, etc.) It is hard to know which segments of society are being left out without the data being made public and regularly updated.
  • Aim for parity at every level, especially for underrepresented communities.  Current gaps include:
    • People with Disabilities at every level
    • Latinas on the National Security Council at the Principal, Deputy, and Senior Director level
    • Latina/os/x / Hispanics at every level
    • Native Americans at every level other than Cabinet Secretary
    • Middle Eastern / North African people at every level 
    • Transgender people at every level 
  • Ensure systemic changes are made to make government more inclusive (see three draft Executive Orders: www.InclusiveAmerica.org/eo), especially:
    • Ensure Intelligence Community accommodates People with Disabilities
    • Develop an Inclusion Rule
    • Elevate the position of Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer to the level of Assistant to the President

Benchmarks

  • Director of OMB shall deliver a report to the President identifying methods to assess equity (per EO #13985): July 20, 2021
  • Each Secretary/Administrator must submit an Equity Assessment to the Director of Domestic Policy Council (per EO #13985): August 8, 2021
  • Each Secretary/Administrator must submit a Equity Plan (per EO #13985): January 20, 2022
 Date/DeadlineDays since/from today
Joe Biden became PresidentJanuary 20, 2021194
President Biden signed Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities (EO #13985)January 20, 2021194
Director of OMB shall deliver a report to the President identifying methods to assess equity (EO #13985)July 20, 202113
Each Secretary/Administrator must submit an Equity Assessment to the Director of the Domestic Policy Council (EO #13985)August 8, 20215
Each Secretary/Administrator must submit an Equity Plan (EO #13985)January 20, 2022170
President Biden signed Memorandum on Advancing the Human Rights of LGBTQI Persons Around the World (86 FR 11843)February 4, 2021179
All agencies engaged abroad shall rescind any directives, orders, regulations, policies, or guidance inconsistent with this memorandum (86 FR 11843)May 15, 202179
President Biden signed Memorandum on Revitalizing America’s Foreign Policy and National Security Workforce (86 FR 828X)February 4, 2021179
Interagency Working Group on the National Security Workforce shall provide a report to the President (86 FR 828X)August 3, 20210
Next Congressional electionNovember 8, 2022462
Next Presidential electionNovember 5, 20241190
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