THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release January 10, 2001
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THE PRESIDENT'S DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT PARTNERSHIP BOARD
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the
laws of the United States of America, including the Federal Advisory
Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), and in order to promote the
employment of people with disabilities, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Establishment and Composition of the Board. (a)
There is hereby established the President's Disability Employment
Partnership Board (Board).
(b) The Board shall be composed of not more than 15 members who shall
be appointed by the President for terms of 2 years. The membership shall
include individuals who are representatives of business (including small
business), labor organizations, State or local government, disabled
veterans, people with disabilities, organizations serving people with
disabilities, and researchers or academicians focusing on issues relating
to the employment of people with disabilities, and may include other
individuals representing entities involved in issues relating to the
employment of people with disabilities as the President finds appropriate.
(c) The President shall designate a Chairperson from among the members
of the Board to serve a term of two years.
(d) Members and the Chairperson may be reappointed for subsequent
terms and may continue to serve until their successors have been appointed.
Sec. 2. Functions. (a) The Board shall provide advice and
information to the President, the Vice President, the Secretary of Labor,
and other appropriate Federal officials with respect to facilitating the
employment of people with disabilities, and shall assist in other
activities that promote the formation of public-private partnerships, the
use of economic incentives,
the provision of technical assistance regarding entrepreneurship, and other
actions that may enhance employment opportunities for people with
(b) In carrying out paragraph (a) of this section, the Board shall:
(i) develop and submit to the Office of Disability Employment
Policy in the Department of Labor a comprehensive written plan for
joint public-private efforts to promote employment opportunities for
people with disabilities and improve their access to financial
institutions and commercial and business enterprises;
(ii) identify strategies that may be used by employers, labor
unions, national and international organizations, and Federal, State,
and local officials to increase employment opportunities for people
with disabilities; and
(iii) coordinate with the Office of Disability Policy in the
Department of Labor in promoting the collaborative use of public and
private resources to assist people with disabilities in forming and
expanding small business concerns and in enhancing their access to
Federal procurement and other relevant business opportunities. Public
resources include those of the Department of Labor, the Small Business
Administration, the Department of Commerce, the Department of
Education, the Department of Defense, the Department of Treasury, the
Department of Veterans Affairs, the Federal Communications Commission,
and of executive departments and agency offices responsible for small,
disadvantaged businesses utilization.
(c) The Board shall submit annual written reports to the President,
who may apprise the Congress and other interested organizations and
individuals on its activities, progress, and problems relating to
maximizing employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
(d) The Chairperson of the Board shall serve as a member and Vice
Chair of the National Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities
established under Executive Order 13078 of March 13, 1998.
Sec. 3. Administration. (a) The Board shall meet when called by the
Chairperson, at a time and place designated by the Chairperson. The
Chairperson shall call at least two meetings per calendar year. The
Chairperson may form subcommittees or working groups within the Board to
address particular matters.
(b) The Chairperson may from time to time prescribe such rules,
procedures, and policies relating to the activities of the Board as are not
inconsistent with law or with the provisions of this order.
(c) Members of the Board shall serve without compensation but shall be
allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as
authorized by law for persons serving intermittently in Federal service (5
(d) The Department of Labor shall provide funding and appropriate
support to assist the Board in carrying out the activities described in
section 2 of this order, including necessary office space, equipment,
supplies, services, and staff. The functions of the President under the
Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, except that of reporting to the
Congress, that are applicable to the Commission, shall be performed by the
Department of Labor in accordance with guidelines that have been issued by
the Administrator of General Services.
(e) The heads of executive departments and agencies shall, to the
extent permitted by law, provide the Board such information as it may need
for purposes of carrying out the functions described in section 2 of this
Sec. 4. Prior Orders and Transition. (a) Executive Order 12640 of
May 10, 1988, as amended, relating to the establishment of the President's
Committee on Employment
of People with Disabilities, is hereby revoked. The employees, records,
property, and funds of the Committee shall become the employees, records,
property, and funds of the Department of Labor.
(b) Executive Order 13078 of March 13, 1998, is amended in sections
1(a) and (b) by striking "Chair of the President's Committee on Employment
of People with Disabilities" and inserting "Chairperson of the President's
Disability Employment Partnership Board."
WILLIAM J. CLINTON
THE WHITE HOUSE,
January 10, 2001.
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