Executive Orders of the President of the United States are declarations with the force of law, which can take effect without the intervention of Congress. They are typically signed, then published on the White House website (usually after several hours), then formally published (usually a few days later) in the Federal Register. (You can read more about executive orders in general in Wex.) Below are recent executive orders to which we have added formatting and hyperlinks for use in advance of their publication in the Federal Register.
Recent Executive Orders
... This order affirms that it is the policy of my Administration to enforce the antitrust laws to combat the excessive concentration of industry, the abuses of market power, and the harmful effects of monopoly and monopsony — especially as these issues arise in labor markets, agricultural markets, Internet platform industries, healthcare markets (including insurance, hospital, and prescription drug markets), repair markets, and United States markets directly affected by foreign cartel activity.
It is also the policy of my Administration to enforce the antitrust laws to meet the challenges posed by new industries and technologies, including the rise of the dominant Internet platforms, especially as they stem from serial mergers, the acquisition of nascent competitors, the aggregation of data, unfair competition in attention markets, the surveillance of users, and the presence of network effects....
Executive Order on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce (June 25, 2021)
.... As the Nation’s largest employer, the Federal Government must be a model for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, where all employees are treated with dignity and respect. Accordingly, the Federal Government must strengthen its ability to recruit, hire, develop, promote, and retain our Nation’s talent and remove barriers to equal opportunity. It must also provide resources and opportunities to strengthen and advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility across the Federal Government. The Federal Government should have a workforce that reflects the diversity of the American people. A growing body of evidence demonstrates that diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible workplaces yield higher-performing organizations....
.... The ongoing emergency declared in Executive Order 13873 arises from a variety of factors, including the continuing effort of foreign adversaries to steal or otherwise obtain United States persons’ data. That continuing effort by foreign adversaries constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. To address this threat, the United States must act to protect against the risks associated with connected software applications that are designed, developed, manufactured, or supplied by persons owned or controlled by, or subject to the jurisdiction or direction of, a foreign adversary....
Executive Order on Blocking Property And Suspending Entry Into The United States Of Certain Persons Contributing To The Destabilizing Situation In The Western Balkans (June 8, 2021)
... expand the scope of the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13219 of June 26, 2001 (Blocking Property of Persons Who Threaten International Stabilization Efforts in the Western Balkans), as amended by Executive Order 13304 of May 28, 2003 (Termination of Emergencies With Respect to Yugoslavia and Modification of Executive Order 13219 of June 26, 2001), finding that the situation in the territory of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the Republic of Albania (the Western Balkans), over the past two decades, including the undermining of post-war agreements and institutions following the breakup of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, as well as widespread corruption within various governments and institutions in the Western Balkans, stymies progress toward effective and democratic governance and full integration into transatlantic institutions, and thereby constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.
Executive Order on Addressing the Threat from Securities Investments that Finance Certain Companies of the People’s Republic of China (June 3, 2021)
... additional steps are necessary to address the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13959 of November 12, 2020 (Addressing the Threat From Securities Investments That Finance Communist Chinese Military Companies), including the threat posed by the military-industrial complex of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and its involvement in military, intelligence, and security research and development programs, and weapons and related equipment production under the PRC’s Military-Civil Fusion strategy. In addition, I find that the use of Chinese surveillance technology outside the PRC and the development or use of Chinese surveillance technology to facilitate repression or serious human rights abuse constitute unusual and extraordinary threats, which have their source in whole or substantial part outside the United States, to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States, and I hereby expand the scope of the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13959 to address those threats.
Executive Order on Advancing Equity, Justice, and Opportunity for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (May 28, 2021)
... As I directed in Executive Order 13985 of January 20, 2021 (Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government), the entire Federal Government must advance equity and racial justice for underserved communities, which include AA and NHPI communities. As I established in the Presidential Memorandum of January 26, 2021 (Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States), it is the policy of my Administration to address and confront racism, xenophobia, and intolerance. The purpose of this order is to build on those policies by establishing the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Both will work to advance equity, justice, and opportunity for AA and NHPI communities in the United States.
Executive Order on Climate-Related Financial Risk (May 20, 2021)
It is therefore the policy of my Administration to advance consistent, clear, intelligible, comparable, and accurate disclosure of climate-related financial risk (consistent with Executive Order 13707 of September 15, 2015 (Using Behavioral Science Insights to Better Serve the American People)), including both physical and transition risks; act to mitigate that risk and its drivers, while accounting for and addressing disparate impacts on disadvantaged communities and communities of color (consistent with Executive Order 13985 of January 20, 2021 (Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government)) and spurring the creation of well-paying jobs; and achieve our target of a net-zero emissions economy by no later than 2050. This policy will marshal the creativity, courage, and capital of the United States necessary to bolster the resilience of our rural and urban communities, States, Tribes, territories, and financial institutions in the face of the climate crisis, rather than exacerbate its causes, and position the United States to lead the global economy to a more prosperous and sustainable future.
Executive Order on the Revocation of Certain Presidential Actions and Technical Amendment (May 14, 2021)
The following Presidential actions are revoked: Executive Order 13925 of May 28, 2020 (Preventing Online Censorship), Executive Order 13933 of June 26, 2020 (Protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues and Combating Recent Criminal Violence), Executive Order 13934 of July 3, 2020 (Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes), Executive Order 13964 of December 10, 2020 (Rebranding United States Foreign Assistance To Advance American Influence), Executive Order 13978 of January 18, 2021 (Building the National Garden of American Heroes), and Executive Order 13980 of January 18, 2021 (Protecting Americans From Overcriminalization Through Regulatory Reform)....
Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity (May 12, 2021)
... It is the policy of my Administration that the prevention, detection, assessment, and remediation of cyber incidents is a top priority and essential to national and economic security. The Federal Government must lead by example. All Federal Information Systems should meet or exceed the standards and requirements for cybersecurity set forth in and issued pursuant to this order.
.... The purpose of the CCSO shall be to perform the specific project of supporting bilateral and multilateral engagement to advance the United States initiative to address the global climate crisis, led by the Department of State and in coordination with other executive departments and agencies, consistent with Executive Order 14008 of January 27, 2021 (Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad). The CCSO shall support the Department of State, including the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, in United States efforts to elevate and underscore the commitment my Administration will make towards addressing the global climate crisis.
This order promotes economy and efficiency in Federal procurement by increasing the hourly minimum wage paid by the parties that contract with the Federal Government to $15.00 for those workers working on or in connection with a Federal Government contract as described in section 8 of this order. Raising the minimum wage enhances worker productivity and generates higher-quality work by boosting workers’ health, morale, and effort; reducing absenteeism and turnover; and lowering supervisory and training costs. Accordingly, ensuring that Federal contractors pay their workers an hourly wage of at least $15.00 will bolster economy and efficiency in Federal procurement.
Executive Order on Worker Organizing and Empowerment (Apr. 26, 2021)
... Confirming the policies declared in Federal labor laws, substantial evidence shows that union membership increases wages, the likelihood of receiving employer-provided benefits, and job security. Union membership also gives workers the means to build the power to ensure that their voices are heard in their workplaces, their communities, and in the Nation.
Therefore, it is the policy of my Administration to encourage worker organizing and collective bargaining.
Blocking Property With Respect To Specified Harmful Foreign Activities of the Government of the Russian Federation (Apr. 15, 2021)
... specified harmful foreign activities of the Government of the Russian Federation — in particular, efforts to undermine the conduct of free and fair democratic elections and democratic institutions in the United States and its allies and partners; to engage in and facilitate malicious cyber-enabled activities against the United States and its allies and partners; to foster and use transnational corruption to influence foreign governments; to pursue extraterritorial activities targeting dissidents or journalists; to undermine security in countries and regions important to United States national security; and to violate well-established principles of international law, including respect for the territorial integrity of states — constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that threat.
Executive Order on the Establishment of the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States (Apr. 9, 2021)
There is established the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States (Commission).... (a) The Commission shall produce a report for the President that includes the following: (i) An account of the contemporary commentary and debate about the role and operation of the Supreme Court in our constitutional system and about the functioning of the constitutional process by which the President nominates and, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, appoints Justices to the Supreme Court; (ii) The historical background of other periods in the Nation’s history when the Supreme Court’s role and the nominations and advice-and-consent process were subject to critical assessment and prompted proposals for reform; and (iii) An analysis of the principal arguments in the contemporary public debate for and against Supreme Court reform, including an appraisal of the merits and legality of particular reform proposals.
Executive Order on the Termination of Emergency With Respect to the International Criminal Court (Apr. 1, 2021)
... although the United States continues to object to the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) assertions of jurisdiction over personnel of such non-States Parties as the United States and its allies absent their consent or referral by the United Nations Security Council and will vigorously protect current and former United States personnel from any attempts to exercise such jurisdiction, the threat and imposition of financial sanctions against the Court, its personnel, and those who assist it are not an effective or appropriate strategy for addressing the United States’ concerns with the ICC.
... Advancing gender equity and equality is a matter of human rights, justice, and fairness. It is also a strategic imperative that reduces poverty and promotes economic growth, increases access to education, improves health outcomes, advances political stability, and fosters democracy. The full participation of all people — including women and girls — across all aspects of our society is essential to the economic well-being, health, and security of our Nation and of the world.
It is therefore the policy of my Administration to establish and pursue a comprehensive approach to ensure that the Federal Government is working to advance equal rights and opportunities, regardless of gender or gender identity, in advancing domestic and foreign policy — including by promoting workplace diversity, fairness, and inclusion across the Federal workforce and military. This order is intended to advance gender equity and equality, with sensitivity to the experiences of those who suffer discrimination based on multiple factors, including membership in an underserved community...
Executive Order on Guaranteeing an Educational Environment Free from Discrimination on the Basis of Sex, Including Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity (Mar. 8, 2021)
... It is the policy of my Administration that all students should be guaranteed an educational environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex, including discrimination in the form of sexual harassment, which encompasses sexual violence, and including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. For students attending schools and other educational institutions that receive Federal financial assistance, this guarantee is codified, in part, in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq., which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance...
Executive Order on Promoting Access to Voting (Mar. 7, 2021)
It is the policy of my Administration to promote and defend the right to vote for all Americans who are legally entitled to participate in elections. It is the responsibility of the Federal Government to expand access to, and education about, voter registration and election information, and to combat misinformation, in order to enable all eligible Americans to participate in our democracy.
The following Presidential actions are revoked: Executive Order 13772 of February 3, 2017 (Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System), Executive Order 13828 of April 10, 2018 (Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility), Memorandum of January 29, 2020 (Delegation of Certain Authority Under the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute), Executive Order 13924 of May 19, 2020 (Regulatory Relief To Support Economic Recovery), Memorandum of September 2, 2020 (Reviewing Funding to State and Local Government Recipients of Federal Funds That Are Permitting Anarchy, Violence, and Destruction in American Cities), Executive Order 13967 of December 18, 2020 (Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture), and Executive Order 13979 of January 18, 2021 (Ensuring Democratic Accountability in Agency Rulemaking).
Executive Order on America’s Supply Chains (Feb. 24, 2021)
... The United States needs resilient, diverse, and secure supply chains to ensure our economic prosperity and national security. Pandemics and other biological threats, cyber-attacks, climate shocks and extreme weather events, terrorist attacks, geopolitical and economic competition, and other conditions can reduce critical manufacturing capacity and the availability and integrity of critical goods, products, and services. Resilient American supply chains will revitalize and rebuild domestic manufacturing capacity, maintain America’s competitive edge in research and development, and create well-paying jobs. They will also support small businesses, promote prosperity, advance the fight against climate change, and encourage economic growth in communities of color and economically distressed areas...
Executive Order on the Revocation of Executive Order 13801 (Feb. 17, 2021)
... Executive Order 13801 of June 15, 2017 (Expanding Apprenticeships in America), is hereby revoked...
Executive Order on the Establishment of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (Feb. 14, 2021)
...Faith-based and other community-serving organizations are vital to our Nation’s ability to address the needs of, and lift up, low-income and other underserved persons and communities, notably including persons of color. The American people are key drivers of fundamental change in our country, and few institutions are closer to the people than our faith-based and other community organizations. It is important that the Federal Government strengthen the ability of such organizations and other nonprofit providers in our communities to deliver services effectively in partnership with Federal, State, and local governments and with other private organizations, while preserving our fundamental constitutional commitments guaranteeing the equal protection of the laws and the free exercise of religion and forbidding the establishment of religion. The Federal Government can preserve these fundamental commitments while empowering faith-based and secular organizations to assist in the delivery of vital services in our neighborhoods. These partnerships are also vital for the success and effectiveness of the United States’ diplomatic, international development, and humanitarian work around the world...
Executive Order on Blocking Property with Respect to the Situation in Burma (EO 14014 - Feb. 11, 2021)
... the situation in and in relation to Burma, and in particular the February 1, 2021, coup, in which the military overthrew the democratically elected civilian government of Burma and unjustly arrested and detained government leaders, politicians, human rights defenders, journalists, and religious leaders, thereby rejecting the will of the people of Burma as expressed in elections held in November 2020 and undermining the country’s democratic transition and rule of law, constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that threat...
Executive Order on Rebuilding and Enhancing Programs to Resettle Refugees and Planning for the Impact of Climate Change on Migration (EO 14013 - Feb. 4, 2021)
... The long tradition of the United States as a leader in refugee resettlement provides a beacon of hope for persecuted people around the world, promotes stability in regions experiencing conflict, and facilitates international collaboration to address the global refugee crisis. Through the United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), the Federal Government, cooperating with private partners and American citizens in communities across the country, demonstrates the generosity and core values of our Nation, while benefitting from the many contributions that refugees make to our country. Accordingly, it shall be the policy of my Administration that:
(a) USRAP and other humanitarian programs shall be administered in a manner that furthers our values as a Nation and is consistent with our domestic law, international obligations, and the humanitarian purposes expressed by the Congress in enacting the Refugee Act of 1980, Public Law 96-212.
(b) USRAP should be rebuilt and expanded, commensurate with global need and the purposes described above.
(c) Delays in administering USRAP and other humanitarian programs are counter to our national interests, can raise grave humanitarian concerns, and should be minimized...
Executive Order on the Establishment of Interagency Task Force on the Reunification of Families (EO 14011 - Feb. 2, 2021)
It is the policy of my Administration to respect and value the integrity of families seeking to enter the United States. My Administration condemns the human tragedy that occurred when our immigration laws were used to intentionally separate children from their parents or legal guardians (families), including through the use of the Zero-Tolerance Policy. My Administration will protect family unity and ensure that children entering the United States are not separated from their families, except in the most extreme circumstances where a separation is clearly necessary for the safety and well-being of the child or is required by law.
Executive Order on Creating a Comprehensive Regional Framework to Address the Causes of Migration, to Manage Migration Throughout North and Central America, and to Provide Safe and Orderly Processing of Asylum Seekers at the United States Border (EO 14010 - Feb. 2, 2021)
... The United States is also a country with borders and with laws that must be enforced. Securing our borders does not require us to ignore the humanity of those who seek to cross them. The opposite is true. We cannot solve the humanitarian crisis at our border without addressing the violence, instability, and lack of opportunity that compel so many people to flee their homes. Nor is the United States safer when resources that should be invested in policies targeting actual threats, such as drug cartels and human traffickers, are squandered on efforts to stymie legitimate asylum seekers...
Executive Order on Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans (EO 14012 - Feb. 2, 2021)
... Consistent with our character as a Nation of opportunity and of welcome, it is essential to ensure that our laws and policies encourage full participation by immigrants, including refugees, in our civic life; that immigration processes and other benefits are delivered effectively and efficiently; and that the Federal Government eliminates sources of fear and other barriers that prevent immigrants from accessing government services available to them. Our Nation is enriched socially and economically by the presence of immigrants, and we celebrate with them as they take the important step of becoming United States citizens. The Federal Government should develop welcoming strategies that promote integration, inclusion, and citizenship, and it should embrace the full participation of the newest Americans in our democracy...
Executive Order on Strengthening Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (EO 14009 - Jan. 28, 2021)
... In the 10 years since its enactment, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has reduced the number of uninsured Americans by more than 20 million, extended critical consumer protections to more than 100 million people, and strengthened and improved the Nation’s healthcare system. At the same time, millions of people who are potentially eligible for coverage under the ACA or other laws remain uninsured, and obtaining insurance benefits is more difficult than necessary. For these reasons, it is the policy of my Administration to protect and strengthen Medicaid and the ACA and to make high-quality healthcare accessible and affordable for every American...
Executive Order on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (EO 14007 - Jan. 27, 2021)
... As directed in the Presidential Memorandum of January 27, 2021 (Scientific Integrity and Evidence-Based Policymaking), it is the policy of my Administration to make evidence-based decisions guided by the best available science and data. Officials and employees across my Administration shall seek from scientists, engineers, and other experts the best available scientific and technological information and advice...
Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad (EO 14008 - Jan. 27, 2021)
The United States and the world face a profound climate crisis. We have a narrow moment to pursue action at home and abroad in order to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of that crisis and to seize the opportunity that tackling climate change presents. Domestic action must go hand in hand with United States international leadership, aimed at significantly enhancing global action. Together, we must listen to science and meet the moment.... Part I — Putting the Climate Crisis at the Center of United States Foreign Policy and National Security.... Part II — Taking a Government-Wide Approach to the Climate Crisis....
Executive Order on Reforming Our Incarceration System to Eliminate the Use of Privately Operated Criminal Detention Facilities (EO 14006 - Jan. 26, 2021)
... More than two million people are currently incarcerated in the United States, including a disproportionate number of people of color. There is broad consensus that our current system of mass incarceration imposes significant costs and hardships on our society and communities and does not make us safer. To decrease incarceration levels, we must reduce profit-based incentives to incarcerate by phasing out the Federal Government’s reliance on privately operated criminal detention facilities...
Executive Order on Ensuring the Future Is Made in All of America by All of America’s Workers (EO 14005 - Jan 25, 2021)
... It is the policy of my Administration that the United States Government should, consistent with applicable law, use terms and conditions of Federal financial assistance awards and Federal procurements to maximize the use of goods, products, and materials produced in, and services offered in, the United States. The United States Government should, whenever possible, procure goods, products, materials, and services from sources that will help American businesses compete in strategic industries and help America’s workers thrive. Additionally, to promote an accountable and transparent procurement policy, each agency should vest waiver issuance authority in senior agency leadership, where appropriate and consistent with applicable law...
Executive Order on Enabling All Qualified Americans to Serve Their Country in Uniform (EO 14004 - Jan 25, 2021)
... It is my conviction as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces that gender identity should not be a bar to military service. Moreover, there is substantial evidence that allowing transgender individuals to serve in the military does not have any meaningful negative impact on the Armed Forces. To that end, in 2016, a meticulous, comprehensive study requested by the Department of Defense found that enabling transgender individuals to serve openly in the United States military would have only a minimal impact on military readiness and healthcare costs. The study also concluded that open transgender service has had no significant impact on operational effectiveness or unit cohesion in foreign militaries....
Therefore, it shall be the policy of the United States to ensure that all transgender individuals who wish to serve in the United States military and can meet the appropriate standards shall be able to do so openly and free from discrimination...
Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce (EO 14003 - Jan 22, 2021)
... Career civil servants are the backbone of the Federal workforce, providing the expertise and experience necessary for the critical functioning of the Federal Government. It is the policy of the United States to protect, empower, and rebuild the career Federal workforce. It is also the policy of the United States to encourage union organizing and collective bargaining. The Federal Government should serve as a model employer...
Executive Order on Economic Relief Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic (EO 14002 - Jan 22, 2021)
... Today, the President is issuing an Executive Order that will launch an all-of-government effort to provide equitable emergency economic relief to working families, communities, and small businesses across the nation. The actions taken as part of this effort will provide relief to millions of American workers who have lost their jobs and had their hours or wages slashed through no fault of their own. They will help working families feed their children and keep a roof over their head. They will help ensure that unemployed Americans no longer have to choose between paying their bills and keeping themselves and their families safe from COVID-19 by clarifying that workers who refuse unsafe working conditions can still receive unemployment insurance. And, they will help more unemployed workers pay for training and college so they can find better jobs and succeed in an increasingly competitive job market...
... The pandemic caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has led to an economic crisis marked by the closure of small businesses, job loss, food and housing insecurity, and increased challenges for working families balancing jobs and caregiving responsibilities. The current economic crisis has affected Americans throughout the Nation, but it is particularly dire in communities of color. The problems are exacerbated because State and local governments are being forced to consider steep cuts to critical programs to address revenue shortfalls the pandemic has caused. In addition, many individuals, families, and small businesses have had difficulties navigating relief programs with varying eligibility requirements, and some are not receiving the intended assistance. The economic crisis resulting from the pandemic must be met by the full resources of the Federal Government...
Executive Order on Establishing the COVID-19 Pandemic Testing Board and Ensuring a Sustainable Public Health Workforce for COVID-19 and Other Biological Threats (EO 13996 - Jan 21, 2021)
It is the policy of my Administration to control coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) by using a Government-wide, unified approach that includes: establishing a national COVID-19 testing and public health workforce strategy; working to expand the supply of tests; working to bring test manufacturing to the United States, where possible; working to enhance laboratory testing capacity; working to expand the public health workforce; supporting screening testing for schools and priority populations; and ensuring a clarity of messaging about the use of tests and insurance coverage.
Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety (EO 13999 - Jan 21, 2021)
... The Federal Government must take swift action to reduce the risk that workers may contract COVID-19 in the workplace. That will require issuing science-based guidance to help keep workers safe from COVID-19 exposure, including with respect to mask-wearing; partnering with State and local governments to better protect public employees; enforcing worker health and safety requirements; and pushing for additional resources to help employers protect employees...
Executive Order on Supporting the Reopening and Continuing Operation of Schools and Early Childhood Education Providers (EO 14000 - Jan 21, 2021)
... it is the policy of my Administration to provide support to help create the conditions for safe, in-person learning as quickly as possible; ensure high-quality instruction and the delivery of essential services often received by students and young children at school, institutions of higher education, child care providers, and Head Start programs; mitigate learning loss caused by the pandemic; and address educational disparities and inequities that the pandemic has created and exacerbated...
Executive Order on Ensuring an Equitable Pandemic Response and Recovery (EO 13995 - Jan 21, 2021)
... The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated severe and pervasive health and social inequities in America. For instance, people of color experience systemic and structural racism in many facets of our society and are more likely to become sick and die from COVID-19. The lack of complete data, disaggregated by race and ethnicity, on COVID-19 infection, hospitalization, and mortality rates, as well as underlying health and social vulnerabilities, has further hampered efforts to ensure an equitable pandemic response. Other communities, often obscured in the data, are also disproportionately affected by COVID-19, including sexual and gender minority groups, those living with disabilities, and those living at the margins of our economy. Observed inequities in rural and Tribal communities, territories, and other geographically isolated communities require a place-based approach to data collection and the response. Despite increased State and local efforts to address these inequities, COVID-19’s disparate impact on communities of color and other underserved populations remains unrelenting...
Executive Order on a Sustainable Public Health Supply Chain (EO 14001 - Jan 21, 2021)
... The Federal Government must act urgently and effectively to combat the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. To that end, this order directs immediate actions to secure supplies necessary for responding to the pandemic, so that those supplies are available, and remain available, to the Federal Government and State, local, Tribal, and territorial authorities, as well as to America’s health care workers, health systems, and patients. These supplies are vital to the Nation’s ability to reopen its schools and economy as soon and safely as possible...
Executive Order on Ensuring a Data-Driven Response to COVID-19 and Future High-Consequence Public Health Threats (Jan 21, 2021)
... It is the policy of my Administration to respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic through effective approaches guided by the best available science and data, including by building back a better public health infrastructure. This stronger public health infrastructure must help the Nation effectively prevent, detect, and respond to future biological threats, both domestically and internationally.
Consistent with this policy, the heads of all executive departments and agencies (agencies) shall facilitate the gathering, sharing, and publication of COVID-19-related data, in coordination with the Coordinator of the COVID-19 Response and Counselor to the President (COVID-19 Response Coordinator), to the extent permitted by law, and with appropriate protections for confidentiality, privacy, law enforcement, and national security. These efforts shall assist Federal, State, local, Tribal, and territorial authorities in developing and implementing policies to facilitate informed community decision-making, to further public understanding of the pandemic and the response, and to deter the spread of misinformation and disinformation...
Executive Order on Improving and Expanding Access to Care and Treatments for COVID-19 (EO 13997 - Jan 21, 2021)
... It is the policy of my Administration to improve the capacity of the Nation’s healthcare systems to address coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), to accelerate the development of novel therapies to treat COVID-19, and to improve all Americans’ access to quality and affordable healthcare...
Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel (EO 13998 - Jan 21, 2021)
... Science-based public health measures are critical to preventing the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) by travelers within the United States and those who enter the country from abroad. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Surgeon General, and the National Institutes of Health have concluded that mask-wearing, physical distancing, appropriate ventilation, and timely testing can mitigate the risk of travelers spreading COVID-19. Accordingly, to save lives and allow all Americans, including the millions of people employed in the transportation industry, to travel and work safely, it is the policy of my Administration to implement these public health measures consistent with CDC guidelines on public modes of transportation and at ports of entry to the United States...
Executive Order on Ethic Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel (EO 13989 - Jan 20, 2021)
... Every appointee in every executive agency appointed on or after January 20, 2021, shall sign, and upon signing shall be contractually committed to, the following pledge upon becoming an appointee: “I recognize that this pledge is part of a broader ethics in government plan designed to restore and maintain public trust in government, and I commit myself to conduct consistent with that plan. I commit to decision-making on the merits and exclusively in the public interest, without regard to private gain or personal benefit. I commit to conduct that upholds the independence of law enforcement and precludes improper interference with investigative or prosecutorial decisions of the Department of Justice. I commit to ethical choices of post-Government employment that do not raise the appearance that I have used my Government service for private gain, including by using confidential information acquired and relationships established for the benefit of future clients...
Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation (EO 13988 - Jan 20, 2021)
Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis (EO 13990 - Jan 20, 2021)
... It is, therefore, the policy of my Administration to listen to the science; to improve public health and protect our environment; to ensure access to clean air and water; to limit exposure to dangerous chemicals and pesticides; to hold polluters accountable, including those who disproportionately harm communities of color and low-income communities; to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; to bolster resilience to the impacts of climate change; to restore and expand our national treasures and monuments; and to prioritize both environmental justice and the creation of the well-paying union jobs necessary to deliver on these goals...
Executive Order on Ensuring a Lawful and Accurate Enumeration and Apportionment Pursuant to the Decennial Census (EO 13986 - Jan 20, 2021)
... Both the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution and section 2a(a) of title 2, United States Code, require that the apportionment base of each State, for the purpose of the reapportionment of Representatives following the decennial census, include all persons whose usual place of residence was in that State as of the designated census date, regardless of their immigration status. These laws, affirmed by the executive branch’s longstanding historical practice, do not permit the exclusion of inhabitants of the United States from the apportionment base solely on the ground that they lack a lawful immigration status. Reflecting this legal background, and the values of equal representation and respect that the Constitution and laws embody, it is the policy of the United States that reapportionment shall be based on the total number of persons residing in the several States, without regard for immigration status. It is likewise essential that the census count be accurate and based on reliable and high-quality data...
Executive Order on Revocation of Certain Executive Orders Concerning Federal Regulation (EO 13992 - Jan 20, 2021)
... It is the policy of my Administration to use available tools to confront the urgent challenges facing the Nation, including the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, economic recovery, racial justice, and climate change. To tackle these challenges effectively, executive departments and agencies (agencies) must be equipped with the flexibility to use robust regulatory action to address national priorities. This order revokes harmful policies and directives that threaten to frustrate the Federal Government’s ability to confront these problems, and empowers agencies to use appropriate regulatory tools to achieve these goals...
Executive Order on the Revision of Civil Immigration Enforcement Policies and Priorities (EO 13993 - Jan 20, 2021)
... Immigrants have helped strengthen America’s families, communities, businesses and workforce, and economy, infusing the United States with creativity, energy, and ingenuity. The task of enforcing the immigration laws is complex and requires setting priorities to best serve the national interest. The policy of my Administration is to protect national and border security, address the humanitarian challenges at the southern border, and ensure public health and safety. We must also adhere to due process of law as we safeguard the dignity and well-being of all families and communities. My Administration will reset the policies and practices for enforcing civil immigration laws to align enforcement with these values and priorities...
Executive Order on Organizing and Mobilizing the United States Government to Provide a Unified and Effective Response to Combat COVID-19 and to Provide United States Leadership on Global Health and Security (EO 13987 - Jan 20, 2021)
... The Federal Government must act swiftly and aggressively to combat coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). To that end, this order creates the position of Coordinator of the COVID-19 Response and Counselor to the President and takes other steps to organize the White House and activities of the Federal Government to combat COVID-19 and prepare for future biological and pandemic threats...
Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing (EO 13991 - Jan 20, 2021)
... It is the policy of my Administration to halt the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) by relying on the best available data and science-based public health measures. Such measures include wearing masks when around others, physical distancing, and other related precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Put simply, masks and other public health measures reduce the spread of the disease, particularly when communities make widespread use of such measures, and thus save lives.
Accordingly, to protect the Federal workforce and individuals interacting with the Federal workforce, and to ensure the continuity of Government services and activities, on-duty or on-site Federal employees, on-site Federal contractors, and other individuals in Federal buildings and on Federal lands should all wear masks, maintain physical distance, and adhere to other public health measures, as provided in CDC guidelines...
Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government (EO 13985 - Jan 20, 2021)
... Equal opportunity is the bedrock of American democracy, and our diversity is one of our country’s greatest strengths. But for too many, the American Dream remains out of reach. Entrenched disparities in our laws and public policies, and in our public and private institutions, have often denied that equal opportunity to individuals and communities. Our country faces converging economic, health, and climate crises that have exposed and exacerbated inequities, while a historic movement for justice has highlighted the unbearable human costs of systemic racism. Our Nation deserves an ambitious whole-of-government equity agenda that matches the scale of the opportunities and challenges that we face.
It is therefore the policy of my Administration that the Federal Government should pursue a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all, including people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality. Affirmatively advancing equity, civil rights, racial justice, and equal opportunity is the responsibility of the whole of our Government. Because advancing equity requires a systematic approach to embedding fairness in decision-making processes, executive departments and agencies (agencies) must recognize and work to redress inequities in their policies and programs that serve as barriers to equal opportunity...
Other Presidential Actions Documents
In addition to executive orders, other presidential actions include notices, memoranda and proclamations. These presidential actions are accessible via the White House website.Those from the Biden Administration include:
- Bills Signed: H.J.Res. 27, H.R. 711 (06/23/2021)
- Memorandum for the Secretary of State on the Delegation of Certain Authorities and Functions Under Section 353 of the United States – Northern Triangle Enhanced Engagement Act (06/21/2021)
- Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to North Korea (06/21/2021)
- A Proclamation on Father’s Day, 2021 (06/18/2021)
- A Proclamation on Juneteenth Day of Observance, 2021 (06/18/2021)
- A Proclamation on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, 2021 (06/14/2021)
- Memorandum for the Secretary of State on Unexpected Urgent Refugee and Migration Needs (06/11/2021)
- A Proclamation on Flag Day And National Flag Week, 2021 (06/11/2021)
- Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to the Actions and Policies of Certain Members of the Government of Belarus and other Persons to Undermine Democratic Processes or Institutions of Belarus (06/08/2021)
- Memorandum on Establishing the Fight Against Corruption as a Core United States National Security Interest (06/03/2021)
- A Proclamation on Black Music Appreciation Month, 2021 (06/01/2021)
- A Proclamation on National Homeownership Month, 2021 (06/01/2021)
- A Proclamation on National Ocean Month, 2021 (06/01/2021)
- A Proclamation on Great Outdoors Month, 2021 (06/01/2021)
- A Proclamation on National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, 2021 (06/01/2021)
- A Proclamation on National Immigrant Heritage Month, 2021 (06/01/2021)
- A Proclamation on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month, 2021 (06/01/2021)
- A Proclamation on Day Of Remembrance: 100 Years After The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre (05/31/2021)
- Sequestration Order for Fiscal Year 2022 Pursuant to Section 251a of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act, as Amended (05/28/2021)
- A Proclamation on Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in San Jose, California (05/26/2021)
- Bill Signed: H.R. 941 (05/26/2021)
- A Proclamation on National Maritime Day, 2021 (05/21/2021)
- A Proclamation on National Safe Boating Week, 2021 (05/21/2021)
- Memorandum for the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Secretary of Energy on the Presidential Determination Pursuant to Section 1245(d)(4)(B) and (C) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (05/19/2021)
- A Proclamation on National Hepatitis Testing Day, 2021 (05/18/2021)
- Memorandum on Restoring the Department of Justice’s Access-to-Justice Function and Reinvigorating the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable (05/18/2021)
- A Proclamation on Armed Forces Day, 2021 (05/14/2021)
- A Proclamation on National Defense Transportation Day and National Transportation Week, 2021 (05/14/2021)
- A Proclamation on Emergency Medical Services Week, 2021 (05/14/2021)
- A Proclamation on World Trade Week, 2021 (05/14/2021)
- A Proclamation on Revoking Proclamation 9945 (05/14/2021)
- Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain (05/11/2021)
- Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Yemen (05/11/2021)
- A Proclamation on Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, 2021 (05/07/2021)
- A Proclamation on Mother’s Day, 2021 (05/07/2021)
- A Proclamation on National Hurricane Preparedness Week, 2021 (05/07/2021)
- A Proclamation on National Women’s Health Week, 2021 (05/07/2021)
- Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to the Stabilization of Iraq (05/06/2021)
- Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to the Central African Republic (05/06/2021)
- Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to the Actions of the Government of Syria (05/06/2021)
- A Proclamation on Military Spouse Appreciation Day, 2021 (05/06/2021)
- Domestic Policy Presidential Directive – 1 (DPPD-1) (05/06/2021)
- A Proclamation on National Day Of Prayer (05/05/2021)
- A Proclamation on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day, 2021 (05/04/2021)
- A Proclamation on the 60th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides, 2021 (05/04/2021)
- Memorandum for the Secretary of State on the Emergency Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2021 (05/03/2021)
- A Proclamation on Older Americans Month, 2021 (05/03/2021)
- A Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease 2019 (04/30/2021)
- A Proclamation on Law Day, U.S.A, 2021 (04/30/2021)
- A Proclamation on Loyalty Day, 2021 (04/30/2021)
- A Proclamation on National Teacher Appreciation Day and National Teacher Appreciation Week, 2021 (04/30/2021)
- A Proclamation on National Physical Fitness And Sports Month, 2021 (04/30/2021)
- A Proclamation on National Building Safety Month, 2021 (04/30/2021)
- A Proclamation on National Foster Care Month, 2021 (04/30/2021)
- A Proclamation on Jewish American Heritage Month, 2021 (04/30/2021)
- A Proclamation on Public Service Recognition Week, 2021 (04/30/2021)
- A Proclamation on National Mental Health Awareness Month, 2021 (04/30/2021)
- A Proclamation on Asian American and Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2021 (04/30/2021)
- A Proclamation on Workers Memorial Day, 2021 (04/27/2021)
- Readout of Jake Sullivan’s Bilateral Meeting with Israeli NSA Meir Ben-Shabbat (04/27/2021)
- A Proclamation on World Intellectual Property Day, 2021 (04/23/2021)
- A Proclamation on Earth Day, 2021 (04/22/2021)
- A Proclamation on the Death of Walter Mondale (04/20/2021)
- A Proclamation on National Park Week, 2021 (04/17/2021)
- A Proclamation on National Volunteer Week, 2021 (04/16/2021)
- Memorandum for the Secretary of State on the Emergency Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2021 (04/16/2021)
- A Proclamation on Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Indianapolis, Indiana (04/16/2021)
- A Proclamation on Pan American Day and Pan American Week, 2021 (04/13/2021)
- A Proclamation on 160th Anniversary Of The Unification Of Italy And The Establishment Of United States-Italy Diplomatic Relations (04/13/2021)
- A Proclamation on Black Maternal Health Week, 2021 (04/13/2021)
- A Proclamation on National Fair Housing Month, 2021 (04/11/2021)
- A Proclamation on National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, 2021 (04/09/2021)
- A Proclamation on National Public Health Week, 2021 (04/05/2021)
- A Proclamation on Days of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust, 2021 (04/04/2021)
- A Proclamation on Honoring United States Capitol Police Officers (04/02/2021)
- A Proclamation on World Autism Awareness Day, 2021 (04/01/2021)
- Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Somalia (04/01/2021)
- A Proclamation on Month of the Military Child, 2021 (03/31/2021)
- A Proclamation on Second Chance Month, 2021 (03/31/2021)
- A Proclamation on National Cancer Control Month, 2021 (03/31/2021)
- A Proclamation on National Donate Life Month, 2021 (03/31/2021)
- A Proclamation on National Child Abuse Prevention Month, 2021 (03/31/2021)
- A Proclamation on National Sexual Assault Prevention And Awareness Month, 2021 (03/31/2021)
- A Proclamation on National Financial Capability Month, 2021 (03/31/2021)
- A Proclamation on Transgender Day Of Visibility, 2021 (03/31/2021)
- A Proclamation on César Chávez Day, 2021 (03/31/2021)
- Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to South Sudan (03/29/2021)
- Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities (03/29/2021)
- A Proclamation on National Equal Pay Day, 2021 (03/24/2021)
- A Proclamation on Education and Sharing Day, USA, 2021 (03/23/2021)
- A Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Boulder, Colorado (03/23/2021)
- A Proclamation on National Agriculture Day, 2021 (03/22/2021)
- A Proclamation on National Poison Prevention Week, 2021 (03/19/2021)
- A Proclamation on Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area (03/18/2021)
- A Proclamation on Revoking Proclamation 10014 (02/24/2021)
- Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Cuba and of the Emergency Authority Relating to the Regulation of the Anchorage and Movement of Vessels (02/24/2021)
- Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency Concerning the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic (02/24/2021)
- A Proclamation on Remembering the 500,000 Americans Lost to COVID-19 (02/22/2021)
- Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Libya (02/11/2021)
- Memorandum on Advancing the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Persons Around the World (02/04/2021)
- Memorandum on Revitalizing America’s Foreign Policy and National Security Workforce, Institutions, and Partnerships (02/04/2021)
- A Proclamation on National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, 2021 (02/03/2021)
- A Proclamation on National Black History Month, 2021 (02/03/2021)
- A Proclamation on American Heart Month, 2021 (02/03/2021)
- Memorandum on Maximizing Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (02/02/2021)
- A Proclamation on Adjusting Imports of Aluminum Into the United States (02/01/2021)
- Memorandum on Protecting Women’s Health at Home and Abroad (01/28/2021)
- Memorandum on Restoring Trust in Government Through Scientific Integrity and Evidence-Based Policymaking (01/27/2021)
- Memorandum on Redressing Our Nation’s and the Federal Government’s History of Discriminatory Housing Practices and Policies (01/26/2021)
- Memorandum on Tribal Consultation and Strengthening Nation-to-Nation Relationships (01/26/2021)
- Memorandum Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States (01/26/2021)
- Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Non-Immigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease (01/25/2021)
- Memorandum to Extend Federal Support to Governors’ Use of the National Guard to Respond to COVID-19 and to Increase Reimbursement and Other Assistance Provided to States (01/21/2021)
- Modernizing Regulatory Review (01/20/2021) (Memorandum)
- Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to The United States (01/20/2021)
- Preserving and Fortifying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) (01/20/2021) (Memorandum)
- Proclamation on the Termination Of Emergency With Respect To The Southern Border Of The United States And Redirection Of Funds Diverted To Border Wall Construction (01/20/2021)
- Reinstating Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians (01/20/2021) (Memorandum)
- Regulatory Freeze Pending Review (01/20/2021) (Memorandum from Chief of Staff Ron Klain)