Federal Interagency Working Group (FIWG) on Educational Excellence for Hispanics


“But while strengthening Hispanic education in America is the purpose of this initiative, it’s not something that can fall on the Department of Education alone. I expect agencies across the federal government to take this initiative seriously and support its mission. And it’s also not something that government can do by itself. It’s going to take all of us –- public and private sectors, teachers and principals, all of you at home at those watch parties, parents getting involved in their kids’ education, and students giving their best -– because the farther they go in school, the farther they will go in life, and that means the farther we’ll go as a country.” – President Obama, October 19, 2010

Who We Are

Established as part of Executive Order 13555, the Federal Interagency Working Group (FIWG) consists of senior officials from the U.S. Department of Education, the White House and various other federal agencies and offices working together to strengthen the link between the federal government and the Hispanic community.

What We Do

Launched in 2013, the FIWG meets quarterly and works to align activities on key policy issues, supporting the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics’ cradle-to-career efforts. The FIWG is focused on collecting and sharing federal resources, programs, and funding targeting Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and the Hispanic community at large.

The group’s overarching goals are:

  • to ensure federal investments, programs, and opportunities are effectively shared and reach the Hispanic community;
  • assess and suggest improvements to federal policies, regulations and programs that apply to Hispanic students and communities;
  • support the Initiative’s “Bright Spot” collection of evidence-based programs and models improving outcomes for Hispanics;
  • create an online website with federal upcoming opportunities (fellowships, internships, events, grant and peer reviewers); and
  • support the Initiative’s 25th anniversary “Hispanics and the State of Education” celebration and policy blueprint.


  • Federal Agencies Investing in Hispanic Education features sampling of programs, grants, and/or initiatives that support and invest in educational attainment of all students, including Hispanics.
  • The Federal Agency Data Plan outlines over 350 funding and efforts led by federal agencies which help increase access to federal government resources and support the educational attainment of all students.

 The following agency representatives participate in the FIWG:

 Agency Representative Biographies [PDF, 845KB]

Consumer Product Safety Commission
Corporation for National and Community Service
Council on Environmental Quality
Export-Import Bank of the United States
National Endowment for the Arts
National Science Foundation
Office of National Drug Control Policy
Office of Personnel Management
Office of Science and Technology Policy
Office of the First Lady
Peace Corps
Social Security Administration
U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Department of Defense
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Energy
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
U.S. Department of Interior
U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. Department of Treasury
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. General Services Administration
White House Office of Public Engagement