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.
This page was last updated on August 27, 2009.