EXECUTIVE ORDER: Improving Access To Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
                          (Aboard Air Force One)

For Immediate Release                             August 11, 2000

                              EXECUTIVE ORDER

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     By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the
laws of the United States of America, and to improve access to federally
conducted and federally assisted programs and activities for persons who,
as a result of national origin, are limited in their English proficiency
(LEP), it is hereby ordered as follows:

     Section 1.  Goals.

     The Federal Government provides and funds an array of services that
can be made accessible to otherwise eligible persons who are not proficient
in the English language.  The Federal Government is committed to improving
the accessibility of these services to eligible LEP persons, a goal that
reinforces its equally important commitment to promoting programs and
activities designed to help individuals learn English.  To this end, each
Federal agency shall examine the services it provides and develop and
implement a system by which LEP persons can meaningfully access those
services consistent with, and without unduly burdening, the fundamental
mission of the agency.  Each Federal agency shall also work to ensure that
recipients of Federal financial assistance (recipients) provide meaningful
access to their LEP applicants and beneficiaries.  To assist the agencies
with this endeavor, the Department of Justice has today issued a general
guidance document (LEP Guidance), which sets forth the compliance standards
that recipients must follow to ensure that the programs and activities they
normally provide in English are accessible to LEP persons and thus do not
discriminate on the basis of national origin in violation of title VI of
the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and its implementing regulations.
As described in the LEP Guidance, recipients must take reasonable steps to
ensure meaningful access to their programs and activities by LEP persons.

     Sec. 2.  Federally Conducted Programs and Activities.

     Each Federal agency shall prepare a plan to improve access to its
federally conducted programs and activities by eligible LEP persons.  Each
plan shall be consistent with the standards set forth in the LEP Guidance,
and shall include the steps the agency will take to ensure that eligible
LEP persons can meaningfully access the agency?s programs and activities.
Agencies shall develop and begin to implement these plans within 120 days
of the date of this order, and shall send copies of their plans to the
Department of Justice, which shall serve as the central repository of the
agencies? plans.

     Sec. 3.  Federally Assisted Programs and Activities.

     Each agency providing Federal financial assistance shall draft title
VI guidance specifically tailored to its recipients that is consistent with
the LEP Guidance issued by the Department of Justice.  This agency-specific
guidance shall detail how the general standards established in the LEP
Guidance will be applied
to the agency?s recipients.  The agency-specific guidance shall take into
account the types of services provided by the recipients, the individuals
served by the recipients, and other factors set out in the LEP Guidance.
Agencies that already have developed title VI guidance that the Department
of Justice determines is consistent with the LEP Guidance shall examine
their existing guidance, as well as their programs and activities, to
determine if additional guidance is necessary to comply with this order.
The Department of Justice shall consult with the agencies in creating their
guidance and, within 120 days of the date of this order, each agency shall
submit its specific guidance to the Department of Justice for review and
approval.  Following approval by the Department of Justice, each agency
shall publish its guidance document in the Federal Register for public

     Sec. 4.  Consultations.

     In carrying out this order, agencies shall ensure that stakeholders,
such as LEP persons and their representative organizations, recipients, and
other appropriate individuals or entities, have an adequate opportunity to
provide input.  Agencies will evaluate the particular needs of the LEP
persons they and their recipients serve and the burdens of compliance on
the agency and its recipients.  This input from stakeholders will assist
the agencies in developing an approach to ensuring meaningful access by LEP
persons that is practical and effective, fiscally responsible, responsive
to the particular circumstances of each agency, and can be readily

     Sec. 5.  Judicial Review.

     This order is intended only to improve the internal management of the
executive branch and does not create any right or benefit, substantive or
procedural, enforceable at law or equity by a party against the United
States, its agencies, its officers or employees, or any person.

                              WILLIAM J. CLINTON

    August 11, 2000.

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