White House plans to fast-track restrictions on contractor diversity training
The Federal Acquisition Council is working on a “deviation clause” to implement President Donald Trump’s executive order cracking down on diversity and inclusion training for federal contractors.
Officials in the White House-based Office of Federal Procurement Policy told contractors and trade association representatives about the planned approach on a Oct. 22 conference call. OFPP executives said the deviation clause was needed because the FAR Council won’t have time for a traditional comment period; Trump’s executive order sets a 60-day deadline for putting the new and highly controversial rules into effect. The regulation is due to take effect on Nov. 21.
The fast-track deviation clause memorandum is likely to be followed up by a Federal Acquisition Regulation rulemaking case, officials said, which would include a comment period. Typically a FAR Council