Federal Coordination And Compliance Section

Overview of Executive Order 13160

On June 23, 2000, President Clinton signed Executive Order 13160, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, and status as a parent in federally conducted education and training programs. The Executive Order was issued in order to achieve equal opportunity in all federally conducted education and training programs and is premised upon the notion that the federal government should hold itself to at least the same principles of nondiscrimination in educational opportunities as it applies to the educational programs and activities of state and local governments or private entities receiving federal financial assistance.

Toward that end, the Executive Order is intended to supplement existing laws and regulations that already prohibit many forms of discrimination in both federally conducted and federally assisted educational programs. To assist all federal agencies in complying with the nondiscrimination mandates of the Executive Order, the U.S. Department of Justice will issue a Guidance Document. Among the topics addressed in this Guidance Document are the scope of covered educational programs, applicable legal principles, examples of discriminatory conduct, enforcement procedures, remedies, and agency reporting requirements.

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