|WHAT:||Release of the new Report from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights: Federal Procurement After Adarand .|
|WHEN:||Thursday, August 18, 2005, via Press Release|
|WHY:||The Supreme Court’s 1995 decision held that federal procurement programs that use racial classifications must serve a compelling government interest and be narrowly tailored to serve that purpose. The Commission has examined whether federal agencies meet these constitutional requirements by considering race-neutral alternatives to race-conscious programs.|
The Commission studied relevant procurement practices within seven agencies: the Departments of Defense, Transportation, Education, Energy, Housing and Urban Development, State, and the Small Business Administration.
|HOW:||For information on the report release contact Terri A. Dickerson, Chief, Public Affairs Unit, 202-376-7700.|