The Biden administration has been accused of peddling “woke madness” after a US government watchdog banned the use of sexist language in the workplace.
Leaked internal memos obtained by DailyMail.com show that the Government Accountability Office prohibits employees from using masculine and feminine terms.
The agency, whose role is to review administrative expenses, issued the bizarre diktat in October 2022 at the behest of its self-styled “director of diversity management.”
The “style guide” demands an end to “non-inclusive terminology” and said the GAO’s army of 3,100 bureaucrats should avoid “wording that undermines anyone’s dignity”.
The four-page rant, which was posted on the GAO intranet, prohibits staff from using words such as “man-made” or “manpower” in official communications.
The Biden administration has been accused of peddling ‘woke madness’ after a senior US government official banned the use of sexist language in the workplace
Instead, the document suggests alternatives such as “artificial” or “labor-intensive”.
Officials are also being lectured on gender identity, an issue that has angered top Republican lawmakers around the country.
“When it is necessary to refer to sex or gender identity, be aware of the distinction and avoid equating the two,” the leaked memo reads.
“Sex is a classification of people into categories such as male, female, or intersex based on biological characteristics.
“Gender identity is a person’s most intimate concept of self as male, female, a mixture of the two, or neither.
“Gender identity can be the sex assigned to a person at birth (cisgender), another sex (transgender), or neither.
“A person whose gender identity does not match their sex assigned at birth or another sex may identify as non-binary, agender, or gender fluid, among other identities.”
But the GAO’s self-styled “diversity czar” seemed unable to give conclusive instructions on what words the agency’s penpushers should use and when.
“When it is necessary to use binary terminology, avoid implying that all people identify with sex or gender binaries or that all people share the biological characteristics of their assigned sex,” the memo reads. ‘Choose the best set of terms for your facts and circumstances.’
The agency, whose role is to control administration spending, issued the bizarre diktat in October 2022 at the behest of its self-styled “director of diversity management.”
Officials are also being lectured on gender identity, an issue that has angered top Republican lawmakers nationwide.
And in an equally puzzling executive order on written communications, it tells employees that footnotes “may also be appropriate when your choice of inclusive language may be unfamiliar or confusing.”
Employees are also urged to avoid “dehumanizing” people by using the terms “alien” or “illegal immigrants” to describe aliens who have broken into the United States.
“Instead, use terms that are more inclusive and respectful of the persons immigration status, where appropriate,” the order reads.
“The choice of term should depend on the population being described, but options may include ‘non-citizen’, ‘foreign national’, ‘migrant’, ‘undocumented migrant’ or ‘undocumented immigrant’.
The existence of the memo was first confirmed during a Senate warm-up with GAO boss Gene Dodaro (above, center) last month. But its content has not been made available so far.
Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) has accused Joe Biden of ‘imposing a woke ideology on us’ instead of focusing on the real issues facing the country
Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican representing Wisconsin, said: “If Biden and the radical leftists in his administration focused on the real problems facing America – forty-year high inflation, out-of-control crime, border and a flood of deadly drugs – instead of forcing a woke ideology down our throats, our country would be in a much better position to tackle the problems it has exacerbated.
Nile Gardiner of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, called the GAO’s blacklist of banned words “truly sinister, harmful and dangerous”.
“This is the latest waking craze of the Orwellian Biden administration and it is an illustration of a presidency that has gone completely mad,” said the director of the organization’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom.
“Dictating what language can and cannot be used is not what a free country is,” he added.
And last month, Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford, who first unearthed the memo, told the agency “to stay out of cultural battles” during a hearing with the GAO boss, Gene Dodaro.
Senator Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., told DailyMail.com the leaked document is an indication that the Biden administration is “working overtime to radically transform America and destroy what was common sense a while ago. just a few years.”
She joked that “any mom in Tennessee” can tell you the difference between a man and a woman, when the Biden administration and its employees might not be able to.
A spokesperson for Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, chimed in: “The GAO is responsible for investigating federal spending and performance, but under President Biden they are wasting valuable government time and resources regulating the language.”
The spokesperson told DailyMail.com that the GAO memo “is just the latest in Biden’s relentless effort to politicize government agencies” that are meant to be neutral.
“Unfortunately, that’s typical of the radicals controlling the Biden administration.”
A GAO spokesperson said, “This language is currently under review and changes are being considered.”