Overview of Executive Order 12250
In 1979, President Carter released Executive Order
12250, which provided for the consistent and effective implementation of various laws
prohibiting discriminatory practices on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex,
disability, or religion in federal programs and programs receiving federal financial
assistance. This authority was delegated to the Attorney General. This
authority was, in turn, delegated to the Federal Coordination and Compliance Section.
Congress has enacted numerous statutes prohibiting
discrimination against certain classes of people by recipients of Federal financial
assistance. Several of these statutes apply to a broad spectrum of recipients, and
are called cross-cutting grant-related civil rights statutes. Many other statutes
apply only to recipients of specific federal agencies, and are called program-specific
grant-related civil rights statutes.
Listed on this website are many of these
cross-cutting and program-specific grant-related statutes imposing civil rights
obligations on recipients, along with explanations of the programs covered and the
responsible federal agency. Also listed here are manuals, guidance, regulations,
brochures, and other information released by the U.S. Department of Justice related to
these civil rights statutes.