in soliciting contracts

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So while affirmative action started with LBJ ordering government agencies to pursue policies that increase the employment of minorities in their own ranks and in soliciting contracts, the first time it made a splash at the supreme court was over the issue of university education.
Affirmative Action: Crash Course Government and Politics #32, video by CrashCourse

How do you understand the bold phrase here?
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