Executive Order 00-04
April 7, 2000
WHEREAS, Rhode Island state government is committed to fostering a competitive and diverse workforce composed of highly skilled and capable employees through the recruitment/ training, retention, and promotion of qualified men and women from diverse racial, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds as well as individuals with disabilities; and
WHEREAS, it is in the best interests of business and government to create an open, inclusive and equitable human resources paradigm that capitalizes on workforce excellence and the strength of individual differences; and
WHEREAS, the State's affirmative action and equal opportunity program reports indicate a compelling governmental need for further diversification of the state workforce to reflect and effectively serve the increasingly diverse population of Rhode Island; and
WHEREAS, the Rhode Island General Assembly has indicated, by statute, a compelling interest in promoting equal opportunity for all in the State workforce; and
WHEREAS, significant employee turnover in state government is projected over the next five years; and
WHEREAS, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the majority of new workers in the labor market will be minorities and women.
NOW THEREFORE, I, LINCOLN C. ALMOND, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Rhode Island hereby order as follows:
1. The State of Rhode Island shall begin a focused initiative to move state government toward a business case for equity with an emphasis on building a competitive and diverse workforce where the best and most qualified individuals are hired into state government positions.
This Executive Order incorporates by reference Executive Order 96-14, which promotes equal opportunity by state government and state and federal affirmative action and discrimination laws and regulations, referenced therein.
This Executive Order becomes effective immediately on the date hereof.