Executive Order 10479

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Executive Order 10479
Establishing the Government Contract Committee
Seal of the President of the United States
TypeExecutive order
Executive Order number10479
Signed byDwight D. Eisenhower on 13 August 1953
Federal Register details
Publication date18 August 1953
  • Forbade discrimination in awarding of government contracts based on applicants' race, creed, color, or national origin
  • Established the Government Contract Committee
  • Instructed the Committee to make recommendations on improving non-discrimination procedures at agencies
  • Required agencies to report to the Committee on complaints, including those passed to the agency by the Committee

Executive Order No. 10479 (18 FR 4899) is a directive by President Dwight Eisenhower that created the Government Contract Committee. Issued on August 13, 1953, the order sought to insure compliance with, and successful execution of, the equal employment opportunity program. Therefore, the United States Government enacted laws to guarantee equal employment opportunity to all employees, so that they receive fair and equitable treatment. The order directs that all qualified candidates seeking employment on government contracts or subcontracts will not be discriminated against due to their race, creed, color, or national origin.[1]

There was some attempt to capitalize on the general administrative strategies of former Republican presidents while in office.[2] According to Maranto, Republican politicians had long been known as non-bureaucratic. Therefore, in an effort to combat this image, President Eisenhower, and succeeding Presidents Nixon and Reagan, executed administrative decisions strategically.

Additional research on former United States President Dwight Eisenhower’s economic policies and platforms detail the economic policies that Eisenhower pushed for, why he felt they were necessary, and how successful they were.[3] In an historical analysis, Thurber questioned the effectiveness of the executive order and its ability to combat discrimination regarding government contract work due to its failure to fix systemic injustice and discrimination issues.[4]

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy superseded the order with Executive Order 10925.[5][6]

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  1. ^ Executive Order 10479 of August 13, 1953, Establishing the Government Contract Committee, Code of Federal Regulations, title 3(1953). Print.
  2. ^ Maranto, Robert (1993). "The Administrative Strategies of Republican Presidents from Eisenhower to Reagan". Presidential Studies Quarterly. 23 (4): 683–697. JSTOR 27551146.
  3. ^ Saulnier, Raymond J. (1974). "The Eisenhower Economic Policies". Presidential Studies Quarterly. 4/5: 28–34. JSTOR 27547295.
  4. ^ Thurber, Timothy M. (2006-10-26). "Racial Liberalism, Affirmative Action, and the Troubled History of the President's Committee on Government Contracts". Journal of Policy History. 18 (4): 446–476. doi:10.1353/jph.2006.0016. ISSN 1528-4190.
  5. ^ Executive Order 10925 of March 6, 1961, Establishing the President’s Committee on Equal Employment, Code of Federal Regulations, title 3 (1961). Print
  6. ^ "U.S Department of Labor - OFCCP - History EO 11246". dog.gov. U.S Government. Archived from the original on 14 February 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2015.