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Limited English Proficiency

Limited English Proficiency Information

LEP persons are individuals who do not speak English as their primary language and who have limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English.  LEP statues and authorities prohibit exclusion from participation in, denial of benefits of, and discrimination under federally assisted and/or conducted programs on the ground of race, color, or national origin.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of national origin covers program access for LEP persons.  These protections are pursuant to Executive Order 13166 entitled, “Improving Access to Services by Persons with Limited English Proficiency” and further affirmed in the USDA Departmental Regulation 4330-005, “Prohibition Against National Origin Discrimination Affecting Persons with Limited English Proficiency in Programs and Activities Conducted by USDA” and the RD LEP Plan.

It is RD policy to provide equal opportunity in all programs, services, and activities to LEP persons.  The Department of Justice’s LEP Guidance provides agencies with a framework to assess agencies’ LEP services.  To assist RD in complying with all applicable LEP laws, regulations, rules, and policies, you may view the following documents: