April 25, 2012
If President Obama heeds The Post's advice to issue an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation [" A fairer workplace ," editorial, April 19], he should be careful to protect the liberties of religious organizations that receive federal contracts or grants but might object to homosexuality. The president should do this by including in an executive order the strong exemption for religious employers contained in the stalled Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)
April 12, 2012 |
If President Obama had issued an executive order prohibiting discrimination by federal contractors against gays and lesbians, he would have followed a proud tradition set by Democratic and Republican presidents. Instead, he punted. At least five previous presidents issued anti-discrimination directives, according to a count by the American Civil Liberties Union, but those did not cover gays and lesbians in companies doing business with the government. Seventy-two members of Congress sent the president a letter last week urging an...
October 31, 2011 |
President Obama ordered federal regulators Monday to step up efforts to prevent shortages and price fixing of life-saving prescription drugs, the latest White House initiative that does not require congressional approval. Obama's executive order directs the Food and Drug Administration to more broadly enforce reporting requirements for manufacturers running low on drugs, expedite review of new prescription drug suppliers and work with the Justice Department to prosecute price gouging.
May 15, 2011 |
Some industry groups and lawmakers are pushing back against a draft executive order that could require government contractors to disclose their donations to groups that participate in political activities. Opponents say the mandate, if issued, would politicize the procurement process because political appointees involved in contracting would have access to donation information, resulting in a "pay to play" scenario. Additionally, they argue the disclosure is unnecessary and would burden...
May 15, 2012 |
President Obama issued an executive order Wednesday giving the Treasury Department authority to freeze the U.S.-based assets of anyone who "obstructs" implementation of the administration-backed political transition in Yemen. The unusual order, which administration officials said also targets U.S. citizens who engage in activity deemed to threaten Yemen's security or political stability, is the first issued for Yemen that does not directly relate to counterterrorism. ...
April 26, 2013 |
The White House has backed away from its push for mandatory cybersecurity standards in favor of an approach that would combine voluntary measures with incentives for companies to comply with them. That approach reflects recognition of the political reality of a divided Congress, which makes mandated standards difficult to push through, and a belief that an executive order President Obama signed in February could improve companies' cybersecurity. "This is a huge focus for my office...