WASHINGTON D.C. – Senators JD Vance (R-OH), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) sent a letter to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and NASA Administrator Bill Nelson to probe potential government contracts with a far-left, woke DEI consultant.
The consultant’s organization claims the Department of Energy and NASA as clients. In her capacity as a DEI consultant, she has written a number of articles on combating far-left inventions such as “white-centering” and “the white gaze” in the workplace. In a recent article, originally titled “Three Ways to Decenter Whiteness in Workplace Systems,” she promotes expanded DEI consulting, as well as imposing “accountability” on individuals who create ill-defined “racial harm.” In another, she argues companies must deliver “micro-reparations” to minority employees.
The letter reads, in part:
“It has been brought to our attention that Janice Gassam Asare, an incendiary racial theorist who appears to have coined the term “white perversion,” and BWG Business Solutions, the organization that she founded and leads, count among their clients two agencies of the United States government: yours. If true, that is gravely concerning…
Asare and her organization promote racial hatred and violence. In her published writing, she has praised—as an “empower[ing]” and “inspir[ing]” “Slave Rebellion”—the 1970 Marin County Civic Center attack, in which several members of the Black Panther Party entered a California courthouse, brandished weapons, took hostages, and ultimately murdered Judge Harold Haley. She has criticized white people as a class for having something called the “white gaze,” which allows them to “dominate how we think and operate within society.” And she has argued that employers should hand out “micro-reparations” to black employees, conferring benefits like pay and promotion solely on the basis of race…
“We would like to know whether your agencies have retained Janice Gassam Asare or BWG Business Solutions in any capacity, as Asare and her organization claim. Please answer the following questions by January 12, 2024:
Has your agency ever paid any amount of money to, or entered into any contract or agreement with, Janice Gassam Asare or BWG Business Solutions? If so, please describe in detail the services that were provided to your agency. If not, please confirm that any representations made by Asare that the Department of Energy and NASA are her “clients” are false.
If your agency has paid for services provided by Janice Gassam Asare or BWG Business Solutions, has your agency reported those services to Congress under the No FEAR Act of 2002? As you know, Section 203 of the No FEAR Act requires that agencies report “any actions planned or taken to improve . . . civil rights programs of the agency.”
If your agency has not paid for services provided by Janice Gassam Asare or BWG Business Solutions, please describe in detail the steps you have taken to confirm that your agency has no such business relationship.
Given that racial issues are highly controversial, please provide an explanation of how any trainings that were provided to employees of the federal government by Janice Gassam Asare or her organization comply with the restrictions set out in Section 714 of Title VII of Division E of Public Law 117-328, as continued by Public Law 118-22, which prohibits the use of federal funds for trainings that contain “elements likely to induce high levels of emotional response or psychological stress in some participants.”