In response to Executive Order 13985, Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is requesting input from the public on how it can advance racial justice and equity for underserved communities. From now until August 13, the public can provide their thoughts and opinions on how USDA can make it easier for people of color to access information and resources on federal farm programs—this includes everything from how to apply for government benefits and assistance, how to interact with USDA employees, and sharing your experiences with racial discrimination at the hands of the agency. The goal is to provide ideas and guidance that will be used by UDA’s prospective Racial Equity Commission to identify and remove barriers that underserved communities and individuals may face when attempting to access federal programs.
Your input is critical in ensuring the efficacy of the Equity Commissions pending reforms. Please take a moment to tell USDA what it can do to better serve you. You can make your voice heard by visiting https://www.regulations.gov/commenton/USDA-2021-0006-0001 and entering a comment. For more information about the initiative and to see a list of questions and specific input USDA is seeking, please read the description on the Federal Register.
Please be aware that any information you provide will be made public, so please avoid sharing any personal data you wish to keep private.
Here is a helpful video from Regulations.gov on how the public can participate in federal rulemaking with a modernized user interface, improved search engine, and a standardized comment form.