WHEREAS: to receive federal assistance under these acts, the State of Louisiana must establish a state occupational information coordinating committee to provide and manage a statewide comprehensive labor market and occupational information system to facilitate the implementation of a career information delivery system in accordance with the JTPA and VEA;
NOW THEREFORE I, M.J. "MIKE" FOSTER, JR., Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: The Louisiana Occupational Information Coordinating Committee (hereafter "LOICC") is hereby re-created and re-established within the Department of Labor. The LOICC shall be composed of federally mandated members and at-large members who shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the governor.
The federally mandated members are as follows:
At large associate members shall be selected in accordance with LOICC bylaws. SECTION 2: The LOICC shall be responsible for the planning, the development, and the management of a statewide occupational information system consistent with the objectives and functions of the National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee, pursuant to 29 USCA 2422a, including the design and oversight standards of the JTPA. The LOICC shall serve as the state liaison to the National Occupational Information Coordinating Council and shall have exclusive responsibility for the state's coordination of occupational information.
SECTION 3: The Office of Management and Finance, Department of Labor, shall be the fiscal agent for the LOICC. The Office of Employment Security, Department of Labor, shall be responsible for oversight of the statewide comprehensive labor market and occupational information system for the LOICC.
SECTION 4: The duties of the LOICC federally mandated members and the secretary of the Department of Labor, or the secretary's designee, shall include, but are not limited to, reviewing and giving approval to the following: 1) the LOICC Basic Assistance Grant proposal prior to its submission to the National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee; 2) the occupational information system prior to its release; 3) all major contracts for services; and 4) any changes in basic operating policy prior to implementation.
SECTION 5: Committee members shall not receive compensation or a per diem. Nonetheless, contingent upon the availability of funds, members may receive reimbursement for actual travel expenses in accordance with state guidelines and procedures, and upon the approval of the commissioner of administration.
SECTION 6: Support staff for the committee and facilities for its meetings shall be provided by the Department of Labor.
SECTION 7: All departments, commissions, boards, agencies, and officers of the state, and any political subdivisions thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate with the Department of Labor and the LOICC in implementing the provisions of this order.
SECTION 8: 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 until 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 11th day of December, 1996.
M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.
Secretary of State