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Advancing Meaningful Access for Limited English Proficient Persons Providing accessible information and services to all individuals has long been a priority of the Obama Administration and many administrations before it. Whether in an emergency or in the course of routine business, the success of government efforts to communicate effectively with the public depends on accurate, timely, and vital information that is accessible to all. Executive Order 13166, “Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency” ( PDF ), issued in 2000, seeks to ensure that limited English proficient (LEP) individuals are able to receive information and services from federal agencies and that federal agencies are able to communicate with LEP persons in the course of their activities. Executive Order 13166 requires federal agencies to provide LEP persons with meaningful access to federally conducted activities. This executive order also requires agencies to ensure that federally assisted activities—which recipients of federal financial assistance carry out—comply with the nondiscrimination prohibitions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its implementing regulations. Title VI prohibits national origin discrimination and, for this reason, obligates recipients to provide LEP individuals with meaningful access to their services, programs, and activities. Federal agencies have made great progress over the last 15 years to improve in-language standards across government. Nevertheless, LEP individuals continue to face barriers to accessing important benefits and services. Agencies must continue to evaluate and enhance their language services, and help federal employees and those receiving federal financial assistance meet the needs of LEP persons and fulfill their missions. Below are some common approaches, forward-looking practices, and technological innovations that federal agencies have adopted in recent years to ensure that both federally conducted and federally assisted activities are accessible to LEP populations. 1. Improved Federal Response Through Best Practices Tools, Trainings, and Resources One-stop shopping for agencies, advocates, and individuals. The U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights Division maintains the LEP.gov website, which is a hub for agencies to provide resources, share standards and procedures, and house a variety of tips and updates for agencies, advocates, and individuals. The site also includes DOJ’s LEP guidance to federal agencies issued in June 2002 as well as links to the Department’s revised language access plan . Consistent Interagency Trainings for Federal Employees. In 2015, DOJ’s Civil Rights Division led a federal interagency effort that included the Social Security Administration (SSA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation,
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  • Fall '11
  • Burns
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation, Teaching English as a foreign language, LEP, United States Department of Justice, English as a foreign or second language

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