Continue partnering with AANAPISIs and other AAPI organizations to increase awareness and participation in VA internship, fellow, and work-study programs.
Develop SEP programmatic training for Special Emphasis Program/EEO and HR Managers either virtually or in conjunction with national affinity conferences. All training should offer information about [email protected], Veterans hiring initiatives and special hiring authorities for People with Disabilities and Veterans.
Increase outreach to AAPI communities to improve AAPI application rates for VA employment. Market and brand the VA as a model employer.
Increase access to VA resources such as small and disadvantaged business development counseling and small business loans to ensure AAPIs have needed information on available VA resources by conducting community outreach to underserved AAPI populations in support of VA Small Business procurement goals.
Rigorously enforce civil rights statutes/laws that require equal access and non-discrimination in federal programs that involve grants, loans, contracts, financial aid and other benefits.
Continue to work with Department of Defense and Veterans groups to address compensation of Filipino Veterans of World War II.
Increase AAPI awareness of health and other resources and accessibility to healthcare, including behavioral health care services.
Identify locations of high populations of homeless Veterans and develop measures and tracking system to track status of homeless Veterans by race, ethnicity, and gender.
Develop and implement plans to assist AAPI Veterans with employment services and housing.
Implement training to educate AAPI employees on leadership, career development, and educational programs.
Continue to implement VA Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Plan. Identify agency materials that reach an AAPI audience and monitor to ensure that materials are culturally and linguistically appropriate.Assess and address need for in-language services across programs.
Promote AAPI presence on VA and other Federal Advisory Councils which promote the goals of Executive Order 13515, Increasing Participation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Federal Programs by increasing AAPI representation on VA and Federal Advisory Councils, committees and work groups.
Establish a VA Work Group to address issues and concerns related to the WHIAAPI initiative by establishing a VA Work Groups to monitor and assess the implementation of the WHAAPI FY 2014 and FY 2015 Plan.