Biden Takes New Steps to Address Racial Inequality in Government
The order requires a review into long-standing disparities in government services
On Thursday, President Joe Biden ordered the federal government to do more to address racial inequality as the challenges and complexities of systemic racism are again drawing the public's attention.
The order, signed during Black History Month, requires that an initial review into long-standing disparities in government services and treatment that he ordered on his first day in office become an annual requirement for federal agencies. The reviews are aimed at increasing access to federal programs, services and activities for disadvantaged communities. The new order also directs federal agencies to have equity teams and name senior leaders who would be accountable for increasing equity and addressing bias.
"My administration has embedded a focus on equity into the fabric of federal policy-making and service delivery," Biden wrote in the order, adding that, "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."
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