White House Initiative Presents Report to President Obama with Recommendations for Agencies to Increase AAPI Representation

President Obama Meets with Federal Agencies to Increase APPI RepresentationMarch 14, 2011

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) leaders appointed by President Obama presented a report to the White House today with recommendations on how 23 federal agencies and offices can improve the everyday lives of AAPIs. The report addresses problems uniquely facing Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, such as linguistic isolation, health problems that disproportionally affect AAPIs and bullying and other civil rights issues.

The report was submitted to the White House today during a gathering of two groups created under the executive order establishing the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders — the President’s Advisory Commission and the federal Interagency Working Group, which includes representatives from almost every federal agency. President Obama stopped by the gathering to thank the Commission and the Working Group for their work.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, who serves as the White House Initiative’s co-chair noted that each federal agency worked hard to identify hurdles preventing the AAPI community from achieving their full potential.

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