Department of Agriculture Updates

Department of Agriculture Updates

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Forest Service Expands Language Services for LEP Individuals:

The USDA Forest Serviec has announces a pilot program for expanding language access to limited English proficient (LEP) individuals visiting property under its jurisdiction.  The pilot covers both interpretation and translation needs.  Additionally, over the last several years, all Forest Service law enforcement officers have been trained on federal nondiscrimination obligations to ensure langauge access for LEP individuals.  The new language services and trainings are part of a broad effort by the Forest Service to improve access for LEP individuals. 


USDA Rural Development (RD) Works to Improve Service in LEP Communities:

RD is using a newly developed LEP Tool to allocate resources for language services in the Single Family Housing Direct Loan program.  The goal of the RD LEP Tool is to improve services to the limited English proficient public in both federally conducted and federally assisted programs.  The RD LEP Tool is a planning tool that allows RD to identify the need for additional language access resources in its programs, including the Single Family Housing Direct Loan program.  RD administers over 40 programs offering loans, grants, and loan guarantees to support essential services such as housing, economic development, health care, first responder services and equipment, and water, electric, and communications infrastructure.

Spring 2015 Newsletter updates

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Fall 2014 Newsletter updates

Summer 2014 Newsletter updates


Food and Nutrition Service Finds Photo Identification Requirement Violates Title VI: 

On February 18, 2014, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) informed the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (MDTA) that requiring or requesting that non-applicant heads of household (who are not issued an EBT card) consent to photo identification violates Title VI.  FNS found MDTA’s facially neutral policy had a disparate impact on individuals based on national origin since a disproportionately high volume of affected persons were from non-citizen immigrant populations.  FNS also determined that the photo identification requirement dissuades eligible individuals from applying for or continuing benefits.  Read the letter here.  

Spring 2014 Newsletter updates

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