Justice Department denies 'personnel posting' reflects new policy on affirmative action

The New York Times report on Tuesday was based on an internal DOJ document.

DOJ Spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores refuted the report in a statement Wednesday evening.

“Press reports regarding the personnel posting in the Civil Rights Division have been inaccurate,” she said. “The posting sought volunteers to investigate one administrative complaint filed by a coalition of 64 Asian-American associations in May 2015 that the prior administration left unresolved.

“The complaint alleges racial discrimination against Asian Americans in a university’s admissions policy and practices. This Department of Justice has not received or issued any directive, memorandum, initiative, or policy related to university admissions in general. The Department of Justice is committed to protecting all Americans from all forms of illegal race-based discrimination,” she said.

Earlier on Wednesday, the department told ABC News that the job posting that prompted the story "does not reflect a new policy."

"This was a personnel posting. It does not reflect a new policy or program or any changes to long-standing DOJ policy. Whenever there's a credible allegation of discrimination on the basis of race, the department will look into it," a Justice Department official said.

ABC News' Mike Levine contributed to this report.