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July 6, 2021

Shalanda Young
Acting Director
The Office of Management and Budget 725 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20503

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Dear Acting Director Young,

On behalf of the National Women’s Law Center (the “Center”), I am writing to respond to the Office of Management and Budget’s Request for Information, FR Doc # 2021-09109, regarding Executive Order 13985, Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government (EO 13985). This letter speaks to Area 1 on equity assessments and strategies and Area 5 on stakeholder and community engagement.

The Center fights for gender and racial justice—in the courts, in public policy, and in society—working across the issues that are central to the lives of women and girls. The Center uses the law in all its forms to change culture and drive solutions to the gender inequity that shapes society and to break down the barriers that harm everyone—especially those who face multiple forms of discrimination. In addition, the Center places special emphasis on women with low incomes and their families.

We are heartened by the Biden-Harris administration’s executive order on equity and applaud its efforts to utilize the power of the executive branch to advance equity. A critical first step in developing, enacting, and enforcing policies to advance equity is to understand the diverse array of people’s experiences. Such understanding begins with accurately counting, collecting, and reporting data about the many diverse populations across the United States. Such information can inform policymakers about disparities and discrimination that may exist among communities in the country and help to develop equitable solutions that would enable all to truly thrive.

Published On: July 6, 2021
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