Biden Signs Order to Address Racial Inequity in Government

February 16, 2023

President Biden on Thursday signed an executive order directing the federal government to do more to address racial inequity.

The order, called, Further Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government, is a follow-up to an executive order Biden had signed on his first day in office.

The new order requires that government agencies create an annual public Equity Action Plan. It includes an initial review into long-standing disparities in government services, with the aim of increasing access to federal programs, services and activities for disadvantaged communities. It also directs federal agencies to have equity teams and name senior leaders who would be accountable for increasing equity and addressing bias.

The order also instructs agencies to work with rural communities to help access federal resources for projects that build community wealth, as well as placing a renewed focus on providing funding for minority small-owned businesses.

“By advancing equity, the Federal Government can support and empower all Americans, including the many communities in America that have been underserved, discriminated against, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality,” Biden wrote in the order, which he signed amid Black History Month.

Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP, applauded the executive order on Thursday, calling it “a big deal.”

“President Biden today is taking yet another step to advance racial equity, by signing a new executive order which will invest in underserved communities, address emerging civil rights risks, and improve economic opportunities in rural and urban communities,” Johnson tweeted.

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