WHEREAS, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is authorized pursuant to Article IV, Section 12 of the Missouri Constitution and Chapter 161, RSMo; and
WHEREAS, the Department of Economic Development is authorized pursuant to Article IV, sections 12 and 36(a) of the Missouri Constitution and Chapter 620, RSMo; and
WHEREAS, Sections 620.470 through 620.481, RSMo, authorize the Missouri Job Development Fund and the state’s Customized Training Program; and
WHEREAS, the Missouri Customized Training Program is currently administered by two state departments, as section 620.478, RSMo, outlines that appropriations from the fund go to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the purpose of contractual services for vocational-related training; and
WHEREAS, the Missouri Customized Training Program assists eligible businesses by providing funding to reduce training costs, raise and maintain the skill level of Missouri’s workers, and improve productivity to remain competitive; and
WHEREAS, the Missouri Customized Training Program focuses on new and expanding industries that are tied to high wages and state-identified business clusters; and
WHEREAS, Missouri’s other industry training programs are already assigned to the Department of Economic Development; and
WHEREAS, the Department of Economic Development’s mission is to promote economic growth and the department is the lead agency on workforce issues for Missouri businesses; and
WHEREAS, current duties for delivering similar services assigned to these two state departments are duplicative, inefficient, and ineffective; and
WHEREAS, state funding for customized training programs should be streamlined and will be more efficient if administered by a single state agency; and
WHEREAS, I am committed to promoting creation of new, competitive wage jobs and consolidating executive branch operations to ensure that the state delivers vital services in the most efficient and effective manner possible.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the State of Missouri, do hereby order the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Economic Development to:
1. Transfer all the authority, powers, duties, functions, records, personnel, property, contracts, budgets, matters pending, and other pertinent vestiges of the Missouri Customized Training Program to the Department of Economic Development by Type I transfer, as defined under the Reorganization Act of 1974.
2. Develop mechanisms and processes necessary to effectively transfer the Customized Training Program to the Department of Economic Development.
3. Transfer the responsibility for staff support for the Customized Training Program to the Department of Economic Development.
This Order shall become effective no sooner than August 28, 2009, unless disapproved within sixty days of its submission to the First Regular Session of the 95th General Assembly.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, on this 4th day of February, 2009.