Federal Coordination And Compliance Section

Executive Order 12250 Coordination of Grant-Related Civil Rights Statutes

In 1980, President Carter signed 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 programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.  The responsibility for implementing  this Executive Order was placed with the Attorney General.  This responsibility, except for the authority to approve regulations, was redelegated to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.  The Federal Coordination and Compliance Section carries out this responsibility on a day to day basis. 

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.

Cross-Cutting Laws, Regulations, and Materials

  • Executive Order 12250 (HTML or PDF)
  • Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (race, color, and national origin)
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972(sex)
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (disability) (Disability Rights Section homepage)
  • Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (age) (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights homepage)
  • DOJ's Guidelines for the Coordination of Enforcement of Non-Discrimination in Federally Assisted Programs
    (28 C.F.R. ァ 42.401 et seq.) (HTML or PDF)
  • DOJ's Guidelines for the Enforcement of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (28 C.F.R. § 50.3) (XML or PDF)
  • Procedures for Complaints of Employment Discrimination Filed
    (29 C.F.R. ァ 1691.1 et seq.) (Text or PDF) (Note: at this time, the preamble is not included)
  • Rulemaking actions to incorporate the Civil Rights Restoration Act's definitions of "program or activity" and "program" into regulations implementing Title VI, Section 504, and the Age Discrimination Act:
    • Twenty-two agencies' Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, published December 6, 2000 (65 FR 76460) (HTML or PDF)
    • Twenty-two agencies' Final Rule, published August 26, 2003 (68 FR 51332) (HTML or PDF)
    • Department of Education's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (also includes amendments to Title IX regulations), published May 5, 2000 (65 FR 26464) (HTML or PDF)
    • Department of Education's Final Rule (also includes amendments to Title IX regulations), published November 13, 2000 (65 FR 68049) (HTML or PDF)
    • Department of Health and Human Services' Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (also includes amendments to Title IX regulations), published October 26, 2000 (65 FR 64194) (HTML or PDF)

    Executive Order 12250 Guidance Documents

    Agency-Specific Laws, Regulations, and Materials


  • Updated August 6, 2015