Executive Order

Executive Order No. 364: Designating the Massjobs Council as the Commonwealth's human resource investment council

Date: 12/14/1993
Issuer: William F. Weld
Mass Register: No. 729
Revoked by: Executive Order 413

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WHEREAS, the MASSJOBS Council (MJC) was established within the Executive Branch in Chapter 240 (Section 77) of the Acts of 1989 and given the responsibility to coordinate all employment, training and employment-related education programs within the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, Chapter 145 (Section 46) of the Acts of 1991 strengthened the MJC's ability to assist the Governor to establish and oversee an effective and efficient workforce development system in the Commonwealth and defined the Council's purview to include the following components of the Massachusetts workforce development system:

  • Training and employment-related education programs sponsored by the Job Training Partnership Act;
  • Employment programs under the Wagner-Peyser Act;
  • Employment, training and education programs for welfare recipients funded by the federal JOBS and Basic Skills Training Program within the Family Support Act and the state sponsored ET/Choices program;
  • Federally and state-funded adult basic education programs;
  • Vocational education programs funded by the Carl-Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Act;
  • State-sponsored technical skills training and education programs operated by the Bay State Skills Corporation;
  • Employment-related community college programs;
  • Employment-related secondary education programs; and
  • All other federal and state-funded training, employment-related education and placement programs serving youth, dislocated workers, immigrants, and other targeted groups; and

WHEREAS, in the Spring of 1992 the MJC voted to hire its own independent staff and provide funding necessary to support this staff from existing discretionary resources within the Massachusetts workforce development system; and

WHEREAS, the federal Job Training Partnership Act of 1992 gave each state the option of establishing a single Human Resource Investment Council with the following broad policy-making and oversight responsibilities over major federally-funded workforce development programs operating in Massachusetts:

1. Reviewing the provisions of services and the use of funds and resources under applicable federal human resource programs and advising the Governor on methods of coordinating such provision of services and use of funds and resources consistent with the laws and regulations governing such programs;

2. Advising the Governor on the development and implementation of state and local standards and measures relating to applicable federal human resource programs and coordination of such standards and measures;

3. Carrying out the duties and functions prescribed for existing state councils described under the laws relating to the applicable federal human resource programs;

4. Identifying the human investment needs in the Commonwealth and recommending to the Governor goals for meeting such needs;

5. Recommending to the Governor goals for the development and coordination of the human resource system in the Commonwealth;

6. Preparing and recommending to the Governor a strategic plan to accomplish the goals developed pursuant to paragraphs (4) and (5);

7. Monitoring the implementation of and evaluating the effectiveness of the strategic plan prepared pursuant to paragraph (6) and;

WHEREAS, the MJC held public committee meetings and hearings to solicit comments from all state agencies which operate workforce development programs in the Commonwealth, state legislators and other interested parties on the issue of whether Massachusetts should exercise its option under federal law to become a Human Resource Investment Council; and

WHEREAS, at its September 23, 1993 meeting the MJC voted to recommend to the Governor that Massachusetts should exercise its option, under the 1992 amendments to the federal Job Training Partnership Act, to establish a single Human Resource Investment Council with broad policy-making and oversight responsibilities for major federally funded workforce development programs operating in Massachusetts; and WHEREAS, the MJC is, under state law, currently responsible for submitting the following information to the Governor and the Legislature on an annual basis:

  • A set of short-term and long-term policy priorities for the Commonwealth's workforce development system to address in the coming fiscal year that are based on an annual review of the Massachusetts economy;
  • A proposed integrated program budget for all federal and state-funded programs within the Massachusetts workforce development system, which shall constitute the Council's recommendations for inclusion in the Governor's annual budget proposal;
  • A strategic plan for the Commonwealth's workforce development system that identifies specific steps that each program within the system will take in the coming year in support of the Council's short-term and long-term policy priorities;
  • A report analyzing the progress that each program within the Commonwealth's workforce development system made in the previous year in accomplishing the Council's stated policy priorities; and
  • An annual assessment of the system's performance;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, William F. Weld, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Supreme Executive Magistrate, do hereby designate the MASSJOBS Council to serve as the Commonwealth's Human Resource Investment Council for Massachusetts and do hereby order each of the agencies and programs that fall under the MASSJOBS Council's preview to, as defined in Chapter 145 (Section 46) of the Acts of 1991, to assist the Council in carrying out its responsibilities in the following manner:

1. Provide to the Council, for its review and approval on or before January 1st of each year, a report that summarizes the major policy priorities for the coming fiscal year of each workforce development program that it administers.

2. Provide to the Council, for its review and approval on or before May 1st of each year, a report that describes how each of the workforce development programs that it administers will respond to the MJC's policy priorities for the Commonwealth's workforce development system for the coming fiscal year.

3. Provide to the Council, for its review and approval on or before October 1st of each year, a report that summarizes the performance of each workforce development program that it administers for the previous fiscal year. This report shall include both a narrative description of specific steps that each program took in response to the MJC's policy priorities for the Commonwealth's workforce development system for the previous fiscal year and detailed information at both the state and substate (i.e. Regional Employment Board) level as to the funding levels available to, number of individuals served by, and outcomes of, each of these programs.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston this 14th day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and ninety-three.

William F. Weld, Governor
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Michael Joseph Connolly
Secretary of the Commonwealth

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