Biden Progress Report

Biden Signing documents on Oval desk

Throughout President Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office, Inclusive America will track his most notable appointees and efforts to ensure a more diverse and representative government. (Last Updated: February 05, 2021)

Appointments

  • Kamala Harris – First female and First Person of Color to serve as Vice President
  • Janet Yellen – First female 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
  • 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*
  • Neera Tanden – First female of color to serve as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget*
  • 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 first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the US Senate*
  • 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 #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)
  • Creating first White House Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer (Michael Leach)
  • White House briefings will include an American Sign Language interpreter (link)
  • WhiteHouse.gov has an Accessibility Policy (link)

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
    • Restore the government as a model employer of people with disabilities
    • Develop an Inclusion Rule
    • Elevate the position of Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer to the level of Assistant to the President
  • 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