NECCOG is committed to compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, and all related regulations and statutes. Section 601 of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 declares it to be the policy of the United States that “No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance”. Consistent with this policy, and in accordance with section 602 of Title VI, codified as amended at 42 U.S.C. § 2000d-1, the Department of Justice promulgated regulations prohibiting recipients of federal funds from “utilizing criteria or methods of administration which have the effect of subjecting individuals to discrimination because of their race, color, or national origin, or have the effect of defeating or substantially impairing accomplishment of the objectives of the program as respects individuals of a particular race, color, or national origin.” 28 C.F.R. § 42.104(b)(2). The United States Department of Transportation later promulgated nearly identical regulations – See 49 C.F.R. § 21.5(b) (vii) (2). Since the Civil Rights Act of 1964, other nondiscrimination laws have been enacted to expand the range and scope of Title VI coverage and applicability:
- THE UNIFORM RELOCATION ASSISTANCE AND REAL PROPERTY ACQUISITION POLICIES ACT OF 1970 – which prohibits unfair and inequitable treatment of persons displaced or whose property will be acquired as a result of federal and federal‐aid programs and projects.
- THE FEDERAL AID HIGHWAY ACT OF 1973 – which states that no person shall, on the grounds of sex be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal assistance under this title or carried on under this title.
- SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973 – which states that no qualified disabled person shall, solely by reason of his disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity that receives or benefits from federal financial assistance. This Act protects qualified individuals from discrimination based on their disability.
- THE AGE DISCRIMINATION ACT OF 1975 – which states that no person shall, on the basis of age, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. This act prohibits age discrimination in Federally Assisted Programs.
- THE CIVIL RIGHTS RESTORATION ACT OF 1987, P.L.100‐209 amends Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act – which made it clear that discrimination is prohibited throughout an entire agency if any part of the agency receives federal assistance.
- THE AMERICAN DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) OF 1990 – which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, and governmental activities.
- Executive Order 13166, Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency – which requires each federal agency to examine its programs and activities and to develop and to implement plans by which LEP persons can meaningfully access those programs and activities.
- 23 CFR PART 200 – Federal Highway Administration regulations Title VI Program and Related Statutes – which address Implementation and Review Procedures.
NECCOG assures that no person or groups(s) of persons shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex, age, national origin, disability/ handicap, and income status, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any and all programs, services, or activities administered by the NECCOG, regardless of whether those programs and activities are federally funded or not.
NECCOG also assures that every effort will be made to prevent discrimination through the impacts of its programs, policies, and activities on minority and low-income populations. In addition, NECCOG will provide meaningful access to services for persons with Limited English Proficiency. In the event NECCOG distributes federal-aid funds to a sub-recipient, NECCOG will include Title VI language in all written agreements and will monitor for compliance.
NECCOG Title VI Coordinator – current Executive Director – is responsible for initiating and monitoring Title VI activities, preparing reports and other responsibilities as required by 23 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 200 and 49 CFR 21.