JTPA Program Merger

WHEREAS: the Department of Education administers, through two separate Bureaus, the Job Training Partnership Act (hereinafter "JTPA") 8% Program and the JTPA Title III Program with funds allocated from the Louisiana Department of Labor;

WHEREAS: the JTPA 8% Program is a separate appropriation from the JTPA Title III Program which is budgeted through an appropriation of the Office of Vocational Education;

WHEREAS: the administrative and fiscal reporting requirements of and the administrative services provided by both programs are similar, and combining the programs would be more cost effective than if the two programs are kept separate; and

WHEREAS: both the Secretary of Labor (the funding source) and the State Superintendent of Education (the recipient of the funds) support the merger of the JTPA 8% Program and the JTPA Title III Program within the Department of Education;

NOW THEREFORE I, M.J. "MIKE" FOSTER, JR., Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:

SECTION 1: The services, the reporting requirements and the functions of the JTPA 8% Program and the JTPA Title III Program are authorized to be merged and/or remain merged, within the Vocational Education Budget Unit of the Department of Education.

SECTION 2: All departments, commissions, boards, agencies, and officers of the state, or any political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate in the implementation of the provisions of this Order.

SECTION 3: Upon signature of the Governor, the provisions of this Order shall be made retroactive to August 11, 1996, and shall remain in effect until amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded by the Governor, or terminated by operation of law.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 the State of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the City of Baton Rouge, on this 9th day of December, 1996.

M.J. "Mike" Foster

Fox McKeithen
Secretary of State