McDuffie Introduces Legislation to Create a Racial Equity Tool for D.C.

Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduces Legislation to Create a Racial Equity Tool for D.C.

Each D.C. Government Agency Would be Required to Use the Racial Equity Tool in Agency Performance Plans by Fiscal Year 2020

Legislation Also Requires D.C. Government to Provide Racial Equity Training for All Employees

Washington, D.C. – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie introduced the Racial Equity Achieves Results Act of 2019 [B23-0038]. The legislation operationalizes racial equity in the District by requiring the Office of Budget and Planning to design and implement a racial equity tool, beginning in fiscal year 2020. Further, it requires the Mayor to include racial equity-related performance measures in the development of an agency’s annual performance plans and to require the Mayor to include an evaluation of the use of the racial equity tool in the annual performance accountability reports. Finally, it requires the development of a racial equity training for all District employees.

“Decades of structural and institutional racism in the District, and to be sure, in America, has created widespread racial inequities, which are pervasive and exist across all indicators for success, including in education, criminal justice, employment, housing, transportation, health, and in business,” Councilmember McDuffie said, “Only by building systems that are intentional in their design to account for implicit bias and systemic inequities, will every District resident truly have the same opportunities to prosper in our society.”

This legislation builds upon Councilmember McDuffie’s work in recent years to advance racial equity in policymaking in the District of Columbia, which include: