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Governor's Workforce Investment Board
(Rescinds Executive Order 01.01.1998.23)
WHEREAS, The Governor's Workforce Investment Board was established by Executive Order in 1983 as an agency to
promote comprehensive planning and coordination of employment and training programs in the State;
WHEREAS, The Board has served and continues to function as the designated State Workforce Investment Board, with
planning and coordination responsibilities related to federal support received though the Workforce Investment Act
and other programs for workforce development efforts;
WHEREAS Commerce is one of the five pillars of the Ehrlich-Steele Administration, and chief among its goals in
this area is to help businesses grow and create jobs; and
WHEREAS, The Administration finds that the Governor's Workforce Investment Board can play a more vigorous role in
the effort to grow Maryland's workforce, and desires to make certain changes to the membership and scope in order to
enhance the effectiveness of the Board.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, ROBERT L. EHRLICH, JR., GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND, BY VIRTUE OF THE AUTHORITY VESTED
IN ME BY THE CONSTITUTION AND LAWS OF MARYLAND, DO HEREBY RESCIND EXECUTIVE ORDER 01.01.1998.23, AND PROCLAIM THE
FOLLOWING EXECUTIVE ORDER, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY:
A. Establishment. There is a Governor's Workforce Investment Board.
B. Membership and Procedures
- Membership. The Board shall consist of the following members:
- The Governor;
- The Secretary of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation;
- The Secretary of Business and Economic Development;
- The Secretary of Higher Education;
- The Secretary of Human Resources;
- The State Superintendent of Schools;
- The Secretary of Public Safety and Correctional Services;
- The Secretary of Aging;
- Two representatives of the Senate of Maryland, appointed by the President of the Senate;
- Two representatives of the Maryland House of Delegates, appointed by the Speaker of the House;
- The President of the Maryland Workforce Development Association; and
- Members appointed by the Governor to represent private sector business and industry, labor, education, local government, community-based organizations, youth service providers, and other organizations and individuals with interest, experience or expertise in workforce investment activities.
- The membership of the Board shall conform to the representation requirements in federal law governing
eligibility for participation in the Federal Workforce Investment Act.
- At least 50% of the members appointed by the Governor shall be representatives of private sector business.
- Members appointed by the Governor under Section B(1)(m) shall serve four-year staggered terms. All other
members shall serve so long as they hold the office or designation stipulated in Section B(1)(a) through (l).
- The Governor shall designate a Chairperson who shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor. The Chairperson
shall be a private sector business representative and may not be an elected official or an employee of the State
of Maryland or any local government.
- Members of the Board may not receive any compensation for their services, but may receive reimbursement for
reasonable expenses incurred in the performance of their duties in accordance with the State Travel Regulations
and as provided in the State budget.
- The Board shall hold publicly announced meetings at such times and such places as it deems necessary. The
meetings shall be open and accessible to the general public in accordance with State law.
- The Board is authorized to obtain such professional, technical, and clerical personnel as may be necessary to
carry out its functions, in accordance with the appropriate State budgetary and administrative requirements. Such staff will comprise an office that resides within the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.
- The Board may establish an Executive Committee composed of members appointed by the Chairperson. The Board may
delegate to the Executive Committee any of the powers of the Board except those powers which are required by law
to be exercised by the Board. The Chairperson may also appoint ad-hoc committees as appropriate.
C. Duties and Responsibilities: The Board shall advise the Governor on the following matters:
- The development of policies and the dissemination of information that will contribute to a high-quality
Maryland workforce development system that is demand-driven, innovative, proactive, and collaborative, that links
with economic development and education, and that offers universal access to skill development and labor market
- The development of a State Plan for Maryland's workforce investment system which sets clear goals and unifies
the efforts of the various parts of this system, including education, workforce development, business and economic
development, and other services in a coordinated strategy to upgrade and promote the status of Maryland's workforce.
- The promotion and coordination of private sector involvement in the workforce investment system through the
development of partnerships among State agencies, the business community, and local workforce investment boards.
- The establishment and maintenance of an accountability system to measure the results of Maryland's workforce
investment system, including programs administered by State and local agencies, in relation to the State Plan.
- Any other issues which require input from the Board under the provisions of the Federal Workforce Investment Act.
D. Reporting. The Board shall report annually to the Governor and the General Assembly on the implementation and results of Maryland's workforce investment system.
GIVEN Under My Hand and the Great Seal of the State of Maryland, in the City of Annapolis, this 1st Day of November, 2004.
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.
R. Karl Aumann,
Secretary of State