WHEREAS, there are a multitude of employment and training programs in California, providing services, mostly to low-income individuals or targeted populations with barriers to employment; and

WHEREAS, over the past five years there have been administrative and voluntary efforts to promote cooperative working relations among local employment and training and education providers, many of which have resulted in collocation and integration of services; and

WHEREAS, the client population remains largely low-income, low-skilled individuals, and there is need for increased employer involvement and linkages to economic development; and

WHEREAS, the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 invests the Governor with the responsibility to implement innovative and comprehensive workforce investment systems tailored to meet the particular needs of local and regional labor markets; and

WHEREAS, the new system will continue serving existing customers, while broadening its scope to provide universal access to all customers, attracting those who are already skilled as well as those wanting to upgrade their skills and education; and

WHEREAS, the inclusion in the system of higher-skilled and higher-educated workers who use the system as they change jobs and careers and seek career assistance will attract more employers to the system; and

WHEREAS, the successful development and implementation of California's workforce investment system will require the participation of representatives from business, labor, public education, higher education, economic development, youth activities, employment and training, as well as the Legislature; and

WHEREAS, California's workforce investment system must further the State's economic growth by linking education and training to the jobs that are growing, by identifying where jobs are being developed, what skills various industries need and how best to develop those skills; and

WHEREAS, the workforce investment system must further the economy of the State by serving all people, improving the quality of the existing workforce, stabilizing unsubsidized employment, upgrading the skills of workers to meet the demands of higher skill jobs, and to allow workers to advance their careers;

, Governor of the State of California, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and statutes of the State of California, do hereby issue this order to become effective immediately:

  1. The California Workforce Investment Board (hereafter referred to as the State Board) reports to the Office of the Governor.
  2. The State Board shall assist the Governor in performing the duties and responsibilities required by the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998.
  3. The State Board will include the Governor, representatives of the State Legislature, business, chief local elected officials, organized labor, youth programs, education, lead State agency officials, community-based organizations, and others.
  4. Each member appointed by the Governor serves at the pleasure of the Governor.
  5. The Governor shall appoint the Chair of the State Board from the business majority.
  6. The Governor invites the Speaker of the Assembly and the Senate Rules Committee to appoint two members each to the State Board.
  7. Members of the State Board may receive up to one hundred dollars ($100) for each day's actual attendance at meetings and other official business of the board, not to exceed three hundred dollars ($300) per month, and shall receive their necessary and actual expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties.
  8. This Executive Order hereby terminates the appointments of all the members of the existing State Job Training Coordinating Council. All staff of the State Job Training Coordinating Council shall be reassigned to the Employment Development Department.
  9. The State Board may establish advisory or ad hoc committees as needed to advise on and to carry out the statutory and regulatory responsibilities and duties formerly exercised by the State Job Training Coordinating Council, and to ensure the broadest representation of issues and interests in the workforce development system.
  10. The Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency shall be the chair of an operations committee of the State Board and shall select members from the public agencies, members of the State Board, and such other members as he deems necessary. The committee shall be responsible for recommending the actions necessary for the administration and oversight of workforce development programs.
  11. Until such time as the Governor appoints an Executive Director for the Board, the California Health and Human Services Agency shall act on behalf of the Executive Director to perform activities preparatory to the development of the State plan as Required by the federal Act. The Executive Director once appointed shall report to the Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency. Any costs related to activities performed under this Executive Order shall be reimbursed by the Budget Act for support of the State Workforce Investment Board (Item 5120-001-0869, Chapter 50, Statutes of 1999) or from Job Training Partnership Act State administrative funds.