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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.

2. Within the State's Office of Personnel Administration in the Department of Administration, an Office of Outreach and Diversity shall be established to:

a) Develop more strategic and focused recruitment and retention programs designed to build a more qualified and diverse workforce;

b) Further develop a partnership with the Department of Labor and Training to formalize a focused recruitment and tracking initiative for individuals who are interested in state employment;

c) Develop strategic partnerships with community-based organizations to strengthen and support recruitment and outreach activities;

d) Become a resource for private sector companies and other city and state departments who desire access to qualified job candidates.

3. A Management Development Institute shall be established within the Office of Training and Development in the Department of Administration that will implement specific training programs for mid-level and senior managers.

4. Plans shall be developed for State internships, fellowships, mentoring, and volunteer opportunities.

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.

So Ordered:

Lincoln Almond