WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has signed an executive order relaunching a White House office aimed at fostering cooperation between the federal government and faith-based and secular community organizations.

The order reestablishes the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

That's a 20-year-old initiative first put in place by President George W. Bush.

Biden suggests that such partnerships are particularly important at a time when the pandemic has created considerable uncertainty and suffering.

The office will be led by Melissa Rogers, who served in the same role during President Barack Obama’s second term.

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