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Of the two in Arizona, one was a state-wide conference aimed largely at the African-American community and sponsored jointly between the state of Arizona's OFBCI and the White House, while the other was a local event, sponsored by the Department of Labor and the city of Tucson and Pima County.
(43.) When multiple workers at a state Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (OFBCIs) were interviewed, data used here are from the primary FBL.
Nonetheless, OFBCI Director James Towey has stated that President Bush "was 'going to use every single tool that he has as chief executive' to advance his goal of giving religious groups a greater role" (Stevenson 2003, quote in text).
The White House OFBCI, established by executive order, was meant to demonstrate President Bush's commitment to "compassionate conservatism" by reaching out to faith-based and community organizations in an effort to help the needy.
In the immediate aftermath, most aides, whether in the Offices of Communications, Public Liaison, Political Affairs, or the OFBCI, assumed responsibilities pertaining to the attack and recovery (Milbank 2001b, A25).
In contrast, the newly established White House OFBCI attracted controversy from day one when Republicans and Democrats alike began to question the constitutionality of financially assisting religious institutions that provide government services.
Bush's executive order soon after his inauguration established the OFBCI to promote partnerships between religious and community-based organizations, identify and eliminate barriers these groups encounter in federal laws, regulations, and programs, and make sure state and local governments implement existing "charitable choice" laws.
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