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Civil Rights Compliance Program

NIFA’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights is responsible for enforcing several civil rights laws which, together, prohibit discrimination based on race, color, national origin (including Limited-English Proficiency [LEP]), sex, disability, or age, as well as retaliation for civil rights activities, This enforcement is for any recipients of NIFA’s federal funding and conducted through annual compliance reviews.


Civil rights compliance reviews are a tool to determine how benefits and services are delivered by NIFA-funded programs and activities. The collaborative reviews provide recipients of NIFA funding with technical assistance and strategies to improve access, equal opportunity, and program delivery. Onsite compliance reviews are conducted annually on a rotational basis for recipients in the U.S. and territories.

For more information contact NIFA's Office of Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights.

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