- - Thursday, August 18, 2011

WHITE HOUSE

Obama orders new plan to diversify fed workers

President Obama has signed an executive order directing the federal government to design a new strategy for hiring, promoting and keeping workers of diverse backgrounds.

The three-page order released Thursday directs the head of the Office of Personnel Management, a deputy director at the Office of Management and Budget and two other agencies to develop the strategy within 90 days. Agencies then have 120 days to implement it.


An Office of Personnel Management report says that in fiscal 2010, the federal workforce was 66.2 percent white, 17.7 percent black, 8 percent Hispanic, 5.6 percent Asian/Pacific Islander and 1.8 percent American Indian. It was 56.1 percent male.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Bachmann criticizes Obama’s action on Syria

COLUMBIA — White House hopeful Michele Bachmann says President Obama has moved too late and with too little force in response to Syria’s crackdown on dissent.

The Republican presidential candidate told South Carolina residents that “better late than never” is no way to conduct foreign policy.

Mr. Obama on Thursday said Syrian President Bashar Assad should resign and that his suppression of his people had made him unfit to lead. Mr. Obama is also giving his administration authority to impose new sanctions on Syria.

Mrs. Bachmann said the U.S. should expel the Syrian ambassador to the United States and recall the American ambassador. She told a rally in Columbia they need a “tough hombre-ette” in Washington.

Mrs. Bachmann is in the middle of a three-day campaign swing through South Carolina, a key primary state.

STATE

U.S. gives emergency flood aid to North Korea

The United States says it is providing emergency assistance to North Korea after recent floods in the impoverished country.

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