Biden Signs Executive Order to Address Racial Inequity
Cheyanne M. Daniels, The Hill, February 16, 2023
President Biden signed a new executive order to address racial inequity on Thursday.
The Further Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government order is designed to address systemic barriers that hold communities of color back from prospering.
The order is Biden’s second racial equity executive order.
On his first day in office two years ago, Biden signed Executive Order 13985, which saw funding go to places like Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Indigenous tribes and new programs to help close racial disparities in job and housing opportunities. Biden also pardoned all federal offenses of simple possession of marijuana in October last year, which many said was a step toward racial equity.
Biden’s new order builds on Executive Order 13985 by establishing a new annual process requiring agencies to create an annual public Equity Action Plan.
Agencies will be required to investigate and address any algorithmic discrimination in technology services, improve accessibility for people with disabilities and improve language access services.
The order will also require federal agencies to improve the frequency of their community engagement — including consulting with communities as each agency develops its Equity Action Plan, funding opportunities, budget proposals and regulations.