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What is Executive Order 13166?
An Executive Order is an order given by the President to federal agencies. The LEP Executive Order (Executive Order 13166) says that people who are LEP should have meaningful access to federally-conducted and federally-funded programs and activities.

On August 11, 2000, President Clinton signed Executive Order 13166 entitled "Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency."

Executive Order 13166 requires federal agencies to examine the services they provide, identify any need for services to those with limited English proficiency (LEP), and develop and implement a system to provide those services so LEP persons can have meaningful access to them. It is expected that agency plans will provide for such meaningful access consistent with, and without unduly burdening, the fundamental mission of the agency.

Executive Order 13166 also requires that the federal agencies work to ensure that recipients of federal funds provide meaningful access to their LEP customers.

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1. Who is a Limited English Proficient (LEP) individual?
2. What are the relevant laws concerning language access for LEP individuals?
3. What is Executive Order 13166?
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6. What are recipients of federal funds and federal agencies required to do to meet LEP requirements?
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