Office of Public Engagement
The Department of Labor Office of Public Engagement team works across government agencies to create strategic initiatives and campaigns that provide Americans of all walks of life with resources and programs that can better their lives and those of their communities.
Below are some of those strategic initiatives we’d like to highlight.
The Affordable Care Act forces insurance companies to play by the rules, prohibiting them from dropping your coverage if you get sick, billing you into bankruptcy because of an annual or lifetime limit, or, soon, discriminating against anyone with a pre-existing condition.
All Americans will have the security of knowing that they don't have to worry about losing coverage if they're laid off or change jobs. And insurance companies now have to cover your preventive care like mammograms and other cancer screenings
When key parts of the health care law take effect in 2014, there'll be a new way for individuals, families and small businesses to get health insurance. Whether you're uninsured, or just want to explore new options, the Marketplace will give you more choice and control over your health insurance options.
AIDS.gov works to increase HIV testing and care among people most at-risk for, or living with, HIV, by using emerging communication strategies to provide access to Federal HIV information, policies (e.g. the National HIV/AIDS Strategy), programs, and resources.
- Expand visibility of timely and relevant Federal HIV policies, programs, and resources to the American public.
- Increase use of new media tools by government, minority, and other community partners to extend the reach of HIV programs to communities at greatest risk.
- Increase knowledge about HIV and access to HIV services for people most at-risk for, or living with, HIV.
Disability.gov is an award-winning federal government website that provides an interactive, community-driven information network of disability-related programs, services, laws and benefits. Through the site, Americans with disabilities, their families, Veterans, educators, employers and many others are connected to thousands of resources from federal, state and local government agencies, educational institutions and non-profit organizations. New resources are added daily across 10 main subject areas – benefits, civil rights, community life, education, emergency preparedness, employment, health, housing, technology and transportation.
Are you looking to apply for a government grant for your business? Then, Grants.gov is the place for you! Grants.gov is your source to find and apply for federal grants. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be the managing partner for Grants.gov, an initiative that is having an unparalleled impact on the grant community.
Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. Sure, this is an ambitious goal. But with your help, we can do it.
Combining comprehensive strategies with common sense, Let’s Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years. Giving parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices. Providing healthier foods in our schools. Ensuring that every family has access to healthy, affordable food. And, helping children become more physically active.
The Minority Business Development Agency is an integral part of the Department of Commerce’s efforts to reach out to all minorities to assist with start up and business development. To grow a business, you must have sound management practices and processes in place. The MBDA offers one-on-one assistance to potential entrepreneurs from development of a business plan, to access to capital and financial management.
Other services offered minority-owned firms include staffing, organization and structure, market plan development and private sector contract identification. The MBDA specialists also assists with SBA and conventional loans by assisting minority firms in doing business with the federal, state and local governments.
On Feb. 13, 2009, Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 at the urging of President Obama, who signed it into law four days later. A direct response to the economic crisis, the Recovery Act has three immediate goals:
- Create new jobs and save existing ones>
- Spur economic activity and invest in long-term growth
- Foster unprecedented levels of accountability and transparency in government spending
The Recovery Act intends to achieve those goals by:
- Providing $288 billion in tax cuts and benefits for millions of working families and businesses
- Increasing federal funds for education and health care as well as entitlement programs (such as extending unemployment benefits) by $224 billion
- Making $275 billion available for federal contracts, grants and loans
- Requiring recipients of Recovery funds to report quarterly on how they are using the money. All the data is posted on Recovery.gov so the public can track the Recovery funds.
Recovery.gov allows you to track where Recovery Act funds have been allocated and what work has been done in your community.
Do you know a youth that is being bullied? Everyone in our communities has a responsibility of making bullying a thing of the past. StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying.
If you or someone you know is being bullied, get help.
On October 14, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Executive Order reestablishing the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (Initiative). The Initiative, co-chaired by U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, is housed within the U.S. Department of Education, and led by Executive Director Kiran Ahuja. The Initiative works to improve the quality of life and opportunities for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders by facilitating increased access to and participation in federal programs where they remain underserved.
The Executive Order also established the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and the Federal Interagency Working Group. Working in conjunction, the Commission and Federal Interagency Working Group are comprised of individuals, executive branch departments, agencies, and offices representing a broad spectrum of fields and programs impacting Asian Americans and Pacific Islander communities.
The Initiative works collaboratively with the White House Office of Public Engagement and the designated Federal agencies to increase Asian American and Pacific Islander participation in programs in education, commerce, business, health, human services, housing, environment, arts, agriculture, labor and employment, transportation, justice, veterans affairs and economic and community development.
The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans was established in September 1990 by President George H.W. Bush to provide advice and guidance to the secretary of education on education issues related to Hispanics and address academic excellence and opportunities to the Hispanic community. It was subsequently continued by President William J. Clinton under Executive Order 12900 [PDF, 15K] and President George W. Bush under Executive Order 13230 [PDF, 95K].
On February 26 2011, President Obama signed an executive order renewing the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's).
Housed inside the Department of Education, the mission of the initiative is to strengthen the capacity of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s). Headed by HBCU alums John Silvanus Wilson, Jr., Ed.D, as executive director and William R. Harvey as Chair, the initiative expands upon previous executive orders by Presidents Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and Bush who also knew the value of HBCU’s in our nation.
HBCUs offer all students, regardless of race or walk of life, an opportunity to develop their skills and talents. These institutions train young people who go on to serve domestically and internationally in the professions as entrepreneurs and in the public and private sectors.
To find out the latest news, scholarship information, and attend workshops or conferences visit http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/list/whhbcu/edlite-index.html