Tell the White House What YOU Think!

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For the first time, the White House is releasing government agency plans online for public comment and feedback. The open comment period is open to everyone. New America Media, the country's largest association of ethnic news outlets, urges its audiences to make their voices heard on these public policies that will impact the lives of all of our communities.

The first set of 2011 plans for various government agencies have been released by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Interagency Working Group in order to increase access to the federal government among Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and all minority groups.

Here's how to make your voice heard:

  1. View the government agencies' plans:
    http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/list/asian-americans-initiative/plans.html
  2. Send your comments or feedback to: whiaapiplans@ed.gov. Let them know which agency plan you are commenting on.
Take action now! The updated deadlines for public comments for agencies' plans are:

1. For Department of Justice; and for the Environmental Protection Agency - Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011.

2. For Department of Energy; and for the Small Business Administration - Friday, March 18, 2011.

3. For four other agencies' plans that were posted on March 1, 2011 - Thursday, March 31, 2011.

What happens next?

The public comment period will only be open for 30 days from the posting date of each plan. At the close of each comment period, feedback will be forwarded to agencies for consideration. More government agencies will release their 2011 plans online for public comments on a rolling basis through the end of February. Check in with New America Media to find out when the next government plans will be released.

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NAM Interview: 'Upside': White House AAPI Small Biz Summit & Open Comment Period from New America Media on Vimeo.

NAM TV anchor Odette Keeley recently interviewed Dilawar Syed of the President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs on COMCAST's TV show "Upside," about the landmark effort led by the White House Initiative-AAPI making several government agency plans available online for public comment. In this web post, this live studio interview comes right after the show's opening billboard and was aired on Feb. 8, 2011 on COMCAST Hometown Network - CHN 104.

More information about this interview can be found on our video section.