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Executive Order: Responsibilities of the
Department of Homeland Security with Respect to
Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
By the authority vested in me as President by the
Constitution and the laws of the United States of
America, and in order to help the Federal
Government coordinate a national effort to expand
opportunities for faith-based and other community
organizations and to strengthen their capacity to
better meet America's social and community
needs, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Establishment of a Center for
Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at the
Department of Homeland Security.
(a) The Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary)
shall establish within the Department of Homeland
Security (Department) a Center for Faith-Based
and Community Initiatives (Center).
(b) The Center shall be supervised by a Director
appointed by Secretary. The Secretary shall consult
with the Director of the White House Office of
Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (WHOFBCI
Director) prior to making such appointment.
(c) The Department shall provide the Center with
appropriate staff, administrative support, and other
resources to meet its responsibilities under this
order.
(d) The Center shall begin operations no later than
45 days from the date of this order.
Sec. 2. Purpose of Center. The purpose of the
Center shall be to coordinate agency efforts to
eliminate regulatory, contracting, and other
programmatic obstacles to the participation of
faith-based and other community organizations in
the provision of social and community services.
Sec. 3. Responsibilities of the Center for
Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. In carrying
out the purpose set forth in section 2 of this order,
the Center shall:
(a) conduct, in coordination with the WHOFBCI
Director, a department-wide audit to identify all
existing barriers to the participation of faith-based
and other community organizations in the delivery
of social and community services by the
Department, including but not limited to
regulations, rules, orders, procure-ment, and other
internal policies and practices, and outreach
activities that unlawfully discriminate against, or
otherwise discourage or disadvantage the
participation of faith-based and other community
organizations in Federal programs;
(b) coordinate a comprehensive departmental
effort to incorporate faith-based and other
community organizations in Department programs
and initiatives to the greatest extent possible;
(c) propose initiatives to remove barriers identified
pursuant to section 3(a) of this order, including but
not limited to reform of regulations, procurement,
and other internal policies and practices, and
outreach activities;
(d) propose the development of innovative pilot and
demonstration programs to increase the
participation of faith-based and other community
organizations in Federal as well as State and local
initiatives; and
(e) develop and coordinate Departmental outreach
efforts to disseminate information more effectively
to faith-based and other community organizations
with respect to programming changes, contracting
opportunities, and other agency initiatives,
including but not limited to Web and Internet
resources.
Sec. 4. Reporting Requirements.
(a) Report. Not later than 180 days from the date of
this order and annually thereafter, the Center shall
prepare and submit a report to the WHOFBCI
Director.
(b) Contents. The report shall include a description
of the Department's efforts in carrying out its
responsibilities under this order, including but not
limited to:
(i) a comprehensive analysis of the barriers to the
full participation of faith-based and other
community organizations in the delivery of social
and community services identified pursuant to
section 3(a) of this order and the proposed
strategies to eliminate those barriers; and
(ii) a summary of the technical assistance and
other information that will be available to
faith-based and other community organizations
regarding the program activities of the agency and
the preparation of applications or proposals for
grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, and
procurement.
(c) Performance Indicators. The first report shall
include annual performance indicators and
measurable objectives for Departmental action.
Each report filed thereafter shall measure the
Department's performance against the objectives
set forth in the initial report.
Sec. 5. Responsibilities of the Secretary. The
Secretary shall:
(a) designate an employee within the department
to serve as the liaison and point of contact with the
WHOFBCI Director; and
(b) cooperate with the WHOFBCI Director and
provide such information, support, and assistance
to the WHOFBCI Director as requested to
implement this order.
Sec. 6. General Provisions. (a) This order shall be
implemented subject to the availability of
appropriations and to the extent permitted by law.
(b) This order is not intended to, and does not,
create any right or benefit, substantive or
procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by a
party against the United States, its agencies, or
entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any
other person.
GEORGE W. BUSH
THE WHITE HOUSE,
March 7, 2006.
 

 
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