Federal Manager's Daily Report

OMB has issued a “request for information” seeking input from the general public under an executive order President Biden issued on his first day in office saying that federal agencies “must recognize and work to redress inequities in their policies and programs that serve as barriers to equal opportunity” and requiring a series of implementing steps.

A notice in the May 5 Federal Register solicits suggestions for “effective methods for assessing whether agency policies and actions (e.g., programs, services, processes, and operations) equitably serve all eligible individuals and communities, particularly those that are currently and historically underserved.”

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“OMB will consider the usability, applicability, and rigor of submissions in response to this RFI as OMB gathers resources to support agencies as they conduct internal assessments on the state of equity in their policies, programs, services, processes, and operations,” the notice says.

“OMB will also use what it learns from responses to this RFI as OMB works to expand use of equity-assessment methods and approaches across the federal government, as agencies develop agency Equity Action Plans (due to the Domestic Policy Council by January 19, 2022) outlining steps they will take to address identified gaps in equity,” it says.

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