With an exploding Federal deficit, this type of spending by the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is both unnecessary and unacceptable

(Washington DC) — U.S. English, Inc., the nations oldest and largest non-partisan citizens’ action group dedicated to preserving the unifying role of the English language in the United States, with over two million active members, is opposed to the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) decision to release its employment discrimination complaint form in five additional languages, without providing anything but a vague reference to possible employment discrimination — or the bureaucratic costs associated with producing such multilingual forms.

The OFCCP complaint form will now be available in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and French. It had previously only been available in English. OFCCP stated goal in making their complaint forms available in other languages is to ensure that employees and job applicants with limited English proficiency skills, or whose primary language is not English, can report possible discrimination. What OFCCP doesn’t provide are the costs involved in making this switch from English to a multilingual form. With an exploding Federal deficit and out of control government spending, this type of spending on multilingual documents, forms, and services is simply unacceptable.

“Not only is adopting English as our official national language an inclusive and unifying government interest, it is also an effective tool in reducing the deficit and eliminating the growing costs involved in forcing federal agencies to provide multilingual services,” said U.S. English Chairman Mauro E. Mujica. “A general fear of possible discrimination is not enough to spend taxpayers hard earned money to produce government documents, forms, and other services in five additional languages,” concluded Chairman Mujica.

The Federal government should stop looking for reasons to produce documents and promote services in languages other than English. U.S. English, Inc. also insists on greater transparency in the Federal Government’s accounting practices, by determining the effectiveness and costs involved in agency multilingual services. The best way to do that would be to adopt English as our official National language; a goal that 83% of the American people, according to a recent Rasmussen Survey, now fully and enthusiastically support.

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U.S. English, Inc. is the nation's oldest and largest non-partisan citizens' action group dedicated to preserving the unifying role of the English language in the United States. Founded in 1983 by the late Sen. S.I. Hayakawa of California, U.S. English, Inc. ( www.usenglish.org ) now has more than 2 million members.