Executive Order 13515, signed by the President on October 14, 2009, requires each agency to prepare and submit for approval, a written implementation plan to increase participation and access to federal programs and services for underserved Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).
In 2010, for the first time in history, 23 federal departments and agencies created plans that identified mission-specific and cross-cutting priority goal areas, including:
- Improving data collection, analysis and dissemination of AAPI-specific information;
- Protecting civil rights and equal opportunity;
- Promoting and increasing federal employment among AAPIs; and
- Increasing outreach and access to federal grant opportunities and programs
In 2013, federal agencies and departments released updated agency plans to align with the Initiative’s strategic goal areas and community recommendations. Plans now focus on four key areas: capacity building, data collection and disaggregation, language access, and workforce diversity. Agencies were tasked with streamlining efforts to deliver results on targeted goals, provide metrics on their progress, and be able to demonstrate tangible results.