Norton Announces 10 out of 12 House Appropriations Committee Reports Direct Federal Agencies to Report on Advertising Contracts with Minorities and Women

Jul 19, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that 10 out of the 12 House Appropriations Committee reports direct federal agencies to report on advertising contracts with small disadvantaged businesses and businesses owned by minorities and women in their budget justifications. Norton has a standalone bill that would require the same, but the reports accomplish this purpose.

“As the largest advertiser in the United States, the federal government has an obligation to ensure fair access for minority and women-owned media companies,” Norton said. “My bill would ensure that federal agencies are striving to reach minorities and women, who often get their news from outlets that serve more specific communities.”

In 2016, Norton led Members of Congress in requesting a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on federal agencies’ advertising contracts. The GAO report, released in July 2018, showed that in fiscal year 2017, only 16 percent of the federal government’s advertising contract obligations went to businesses owned by minorities and women.