The U.S. commission on civil rights reports that the Nixon administration had shown some signs of progress in enforcing civil rights laws.
1971 (May 10)
The U.S. commission on civil rights reported that the Nixon administration had shown some signs of progress in enforcing civil rights laws but considerable strides needed to be made. The new commission report came seven months after a harsh indictment of the administration was issued, asserting that there had been a major breakdown in the enforcement of the civil rights laws. The commission singled out for praise George P. Shultz, director of the office of management and budget and Leonard Garment, a presidential counselor, for what it termed their efforts at "active intervention" in seeking compliance with civil rights laws. The report also cited other signs of progress: 1. President Nixon, in his fiscal 1972 budget recommendations, had sought more funds for the office of federal contract compliance and the equal employment opportunity commission. 2. The army, among other departments, had set up a program to establish goals for minority employment in its own offices. 3. The justice department had announced that it would add six lawyers to its office to coordinate efforts to enforce title VI of the 1964 civil rights law, which forbade discrimination in federally assisted programs.