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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,

As advocates for women’s and girls’ rights, equity, justice, health, and safety, the 59 undersigned organizations write 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.

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 for underserved communities. 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.

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The National Women’s Law Center Feminist Majority Foundation Oregon Coalition for Equal Access for Girls
Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap Futures Without Violence Pace Center for Girls
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice Gathering Strength Collective: Immigrant + Refugee Women’s Race + Gender Equity Physicians for Reproductive Health
National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum Girls Leadership Prosperity Now
National Crittenton Golden State Opportunity Reboot Representation
National Partnership for Women and Families Grantmakers for Girls of Color Service Employees International Union
SEIU I Am Why Tewa Women United
Time’s Up Now Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence The Greenlining Institute
Asset Funders Network Invest in Women Entrepreneurs Initiative The Justice for Girls Coalition of WA State
Bulbul Gupta, President & CEO, Pacific Community Ventures Justice in Aging The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio
Caring Across Generations Low Income Investment Fund United State of Women
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) MANA, A National Latina Organization Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
Ceres Policy Research Movement Advancement Project Visionary Justice StoryLab
Chicago Foundation for Women Ms. Foundation for Women Western Center on Law & Poverty
Coalition for Juvenile Justice National Alliance to End Sexual Violence Women Employed
COFI National CAPACD- National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development Women’s Fund of Rhode Island
Crittenton Services for Children and Families National Council of Jewish Women Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center National Employment Law Project Youth Collaboratory
Equal Rights Advocates NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice YWCA USA
Equality Now OAASIS, Oregon Abuse Advocates and Survivors in Service
Published On: July 6, 2021
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