Recovery: Civil Right Discrimination and the Recovery Act

Civil Rights Discrimination and the Recovery Act 


Recovery Act funded programs or activities must comply with all nondiscrimination and equal opportunity statutes, regulations, and Executive Orders that apply to the distribution and use of federal funds.  Consequently, Recovery Act funded programs or activities must be free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, and where applicable, sex, religion, age and family status.  The federal agency that provides Recovery Act funding to state and local entities is responsible for ensuring compliance with the civil rights laws applicable to the federal agency’s grant program.  Links to federal agency civil rights enforcement programs have been provided below.  If you know which federal agency is providing the Recovery Act funds, click follow the appropriate link for information about filing a discrimination complaint with that agency.  If you are not sure which agency funds the program, you may file a discrimination complaint with the Coordination and Review Section of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.  Visit for a complaint form, or call the Title VI hotline (888-848-5306/ TDD 202-307-2678) for additional information.   If you are interested in more detailed information about the scope of civil rights statutes that apply to all Recovery Act funded programs click here to see the Department of Justice’s Notice on Civil Rights Obligations.


Notice on Civil Right Obligations Applicable to the Distibution of Funds Under ARRA


If you wish to file a discrimination complaint or want more information about a federal agency’s civil rights enforcement program, please click one of the following links:


Environmental Protection Agency
Health and Human Services
Homeland Security
Housing and Urban Development
Office of Justice Programs
National Endowment of the Arts
National Science Foundation


                If you would like more information about Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1974, or         the American with Disabilities Act, please click the link below:

            Disabilities Rights Section Civil Rights Division Department of Justice:

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