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For Immediate Release August 17, 1993
EXECUTIVE ORDER 12859
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE DOMESTIC POLICY COUNCIL
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the
laws of the United States of America, including sections 105, 107, and 301 of
title 3, United States Code, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Establishment. There is established the Domestic Policy
Council ("the Council").
Sec. 2. Membership. The Council shall comprise the:
(a) President, who shall serve as a Chairman of the Council;
(c) Secretary of Health and Human Services;
(e) Secretary of Labor;
(f) Secretary of Veterans
(g) Secretary of the Interior;
(h) Secretary of Education;
(i) Secretary of Housing and Urban Development;
(j) Secretary of
(k) Secretary of Transportation;
(l) Secretary of
(m) Secretary of Energy;
(n) Secretary of the Treasury;
(o) Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency;
(p) Chair of the
Council of Economic Advisers;
(q) Director of the Office of Management and
(r) Assistant to the President for Economic Policy;
Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy;
(t) Assistant to the
President and Director of the Office of National Service;
Advisor to the President for Policy Development;
(v) Director, Office of
National Drug Control Policy;
(w) AIDS Policy Coordinator; and
other officials of Executive departments and agencies as the President may,
from time to time, designate.
Sec. 3. Meeting of the Council. The President, or upon his direction,
the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy ("the Assistant"), may
convene meetings of the Council. The President shall preside over the meetings
of the Council, provided that in his absence the Vice President, and in his
absence the Assistant, will preside.
Sec. 4. Functions.
(a) The principal functions of the Council
(1) to coordinate the domestic policy-making process;
coordinate domestic policy advice to the President;
(3) to ensure that
domestic policy decisions and programs are consistent with the President's
stated goals, and to ensure that those goals are being effectively pursued; and
(4) to monitor implementation of the President's domestic policy agenda. The
Assistant may take such actions, including drafting a Charter, as may be
necessary or appropriate to implement such functions.
(b) All executive
departments and agencies, whether or not represented on the Council, shall
coordinate domestic policy through the Council.
(c) In performing the
foregoing functions, the Assistant will, when appropriate, work with the
Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and the Assistant to
the President for Economic Policy.
Sec. 5. Administration.
WILLIAM J. CLINTON
(a) The Council may function through
established or ad hoc committees, task forces or interagency groups.
The Council shall have a staff to be headed by the Assistant to the President
for Domestic Policy. The Council shall have such staff and other assistance as
may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this order.
executive departments and agencies shall cooperate with the Council and provide
such assistance, information, and advice to the Council as the Council may
request, to the extent permitted by law.
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