Office of Community Programs
WHEREAS, the Office of the Governor has many agencies and/or divisions within it which provide a wide range of services for the citizens and local governments of the state of Louisiana; and
WHEREAS, the Office of Community Programs within the Office of the Governor was originally established by executive order to coordinate the operation and delivery of services provided by these agencies and/or divisions;
NOW THEREFORE, I, BOBBY JINDAL, Governor of the state of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and the laws of the state of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: The Office of Community Programs (hereafter “Office”) is reestablished and recreated within the executive department, Office of the Governor.
SECTION 2: The Office shall be composed of the following agencies and divisions of the Office of the Governor:
A. Office of Disability Affairs (R.S. 46:2581, et seq. );
B. Office of Elderly Affairs (R.S. 46:931, et seq .);
C. Office of Indian Affairs (R.S. 46:2301, et seq .);
D. Office of the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator (R.S. 30:2455, et seq .);
E. Louisiana State Interagency Coordinating Council for Child Net, sometimes referred to as “Early Steps” (R.S. 17:1979 and R.S. 36.4(R));
F. Louisiana Abstinence Education Project (Executive Order No. BJ 08-33);
G. Governor’s Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities;
H. Drug Policy Board (R.S. 49:219.1, et seq. );
I. Office on Women’s Policy (R.S. 46:2521, et seq .);
J. Children’s Cabinet (R.S. 46:2602, et seq .); and
K. Louisiana Animal Welfare Commission (R.S. 3:2364).
SECTION 3: The Office shall also be composed of the following programs and/or services:
A. Renewal Communities Program;
B. Non-Public School Early Childhood Development Program;
C. Delta Regional Authority; and
D. Louisiana Guardianship Program.
SECTION 4: The duties and functions of the Office shall include, but are not limited to, the following:
A. Coordinating, directing, and monitoring the manner in which the services of the agencies, divisions, and/or programs of the Office of the Governor that are listed in Section 2 and Section 3 of this Order are provided to the citizens and local governments of the state of Louisiana;
B. Promoting and coordinating legislative initiatives that are designed to improve the quantity, quality, and delivery of the state services provided for the benefit of the citizens and local governments of the state of Louisiana;
C. Disseminating information about state services and legislative initiatives to state, federal, and/or private agencies which provide services to the citizens and/or local governments of the state of Louisiana; and
D. Advising the governor on all issues related to state services that are provided for the benefit of citizens and/or local governments of the state of Louisiana.
A. A member of the governor’s executive staff shall serve as the executive director of the Office. The executive director shall report to the governor, or the governor’s designee.
B. The executive director shall be the appointing and budget authority for all the agencies, divisions, and/or programs of the Office of the Governor listed in Section 2 and Section 3 of this Order, with the exception of the Office on Women’s Policy and the Office of Elderly Affairs.
C. The directors and/or executive directors of each of the agencies, divisions, and/or programs listed in Section 2 and Section 3 of this Order shall report directly to the executive director.
D. The executive director shall prepare, and update as needed, reports and spreadsheets on all contract, loan and/or grant sources and on all loans, grants, and/or contracts that are issued and/or awarded by the agencies, divisions, and/or programs of the Office of the Governor listed in Section 2 and Section 3 of this Order and/or by any other governmental entity in the executive branch which is required to report to the governor by the Louisiana Constitution of 1974, as amended, or by legislative act. The executive director shall submit such reports and updated reports to the governor, the president of the Louisiana Senate, the speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives, and the commissioner of administration.
SECTION 6: All entities in the executive branch of state government which are required by the Louisiana Constitution of 1974, as amended, or by legislative act to report to the governor, are required to report all available grant, loan, and/or contract funding sources to the Office.
SECTION 7: Support staff, facilities, and resources for the Office shall be provided by the Office of the Governor.
SECTION 8: All departments, commissions, boards, agencies, and officers of the state, or any political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed (or requested pursuant to Subsection 1B) to cooperate with the implementation of the provisions in this Order.
SECTION 9: This Order is effective upon signature and shall remain in effect until amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded by the governor, or terminated by operation of law.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 22nd day of August, 2008.
Secretary of State