Public Comment

Office of Management and Budget Equity Executive Order: Public Comment

July 2021

In May 2021, the Office of Management and Budget requested guidance from stakeholders on how to consult with communities that have been underserved or subject to discrimination in federal policies and programs, and how to engage community-based and civil rights organizations.

Issue

An executive order from President Biden charged the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and other agencies with identifying effective methods for assessing whether agency policies and actions equitably serve all eligible individuals and communities, particularly those that have been historically underserved.

Impact

There are nearly 13 million LGBT people ages 13 and older in the U.S. LGBT people consistently report economic, health, and other disparities when compared to their cisgender, heterosexual peers, and they experience persistent and pervasive stigma and discrimination in all areas of life. However, federal collections of data often fail to collect information on sexual orientation and gender identity and on the specific experiences of LGBT people.

Summary

Williams Institute scholars recommend that agencies add measures for sexual orientation and gender identity to federally managed surveys and data collection efforts. Increased data collection on LGBT people from federal surveys will help fill gaps in knowledge and may advance equity for LGBT populations nationwide.

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Office of Management and Budget Equity Executive Order: Public Comment