WASHINGTON (Apr. 24)
The Federal Government, for the first time, has achieved effective machinery for insuring compliance with the anti-discriminatory provision of government contracts–the provision which prohibits the contractor from discriminating against a worker or prospective worker on grounds of race, religion, color or national origin–it was announced here this week-end by William Mitchell, general counsel of the Atomic Energy Commission.
Mr. Mitchell made this statement at a two-day meeting of the President’s Committee on Government Contracts, which is headed by Vice President Richard M. Nixon. Mrs. Helen R. Reid, former chairman of the board of the New York Herald Tribune and a member of the President’s committee, said that members of the group came from areas where some 60,000,000 Americans are covered by state, municipal and Federal regulations against discrimination in employment.
George B. McKibben, consultant to the General Services Administration, insisted that anti-bias agencies must not make the problem of discrimination in employment seem so formidable as to discourage young people from entering some fields.