Welcome to the first issue of OCA's Policy Monthly, a newsletter dedicated to keeping our OCA members informed of this past month's policy goals and accomplishments. The policy areas include OCA's legislative priorities with Congress and the work being done with the administration through various federal agencies.
The US Government and Accountability Office (GAO) will release an independent report on hazing and bullying in the Department of Defense in December. In conjunction with Congresswoman Chu's (D-CA 27th District) office, OCA pushed an amendment requiring GAO to release a report. The amendment was included in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act. OCA continues to work with Congresswoman Chu's office on strategies to post reports to implement uniform data collection.
On October 7th, OCA cosponsored a Congressional briefing with the Southeast Asian Resource Action Center (SEARAC) and other partner organizations that highlighted the consequences of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 through a panel discussion. In addition, OCA sent a recommendation through NCAPA against the Senate bills which would have prohibited sanctuary cities (S. 1814 and S. 2146), communities in which police do not enforce federal immigration laws and provide undocumented immigrants a safe haven.
OCA continues to meet with Congressional officials to garner support for the expansion of the Lifeline Program to include broadband access, which will help low-income households access the internet and help them succeed in today's information age. Furthermore, OCA submitted comments to the FCC regarding their 2nd Notice of Proposed Rule Making on Lifeline.
OCA continued lobbying efforts for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in both the Senate and House to have AAPI data disaggregation included in the final version of the bill. For higher education, OCA released the Undocumented Students Benefits Factsheet. In addition, OCA partnered with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) in the launch of the #ActToChange anti-bullying awareness campaign.
Mr. Zeidenburg, Sherry Chen and Professor Xi's attorney, spoke to the National Board during OCA's October 2015 National Board Meeting. Through the Committee of 100, OCA sent a joint letter to US Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, requesting the DOJ examine possible racial bias in the growing number of espionage cases.