Executive Order: Interagency Task Force on the Economic Development of the Central San Joaquin Valley (10/25/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                            October 25, 2000

                              EXECUTIVE ORDER

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     By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the
laws of the United States of America, and in order to provide a more rapid
and integrated Federal response to the economic development challenges of
the Central San Joaquin Valley (Valley), it is hereby ordered as follows:

     Section 1.  (a) There is established the "Interagency Task Force on
the Economic Development of the Central San Joaquin Valley" (Task Force).

     (b) The Task Force shall include the Secretary of Agriculture, the
Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General, the
Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Education, the Secretary of
Health and Human Services, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development,
the Secretary of Energy, the Secretary of Labor, the Secretary of
Transportation, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Director of the Office
of Management and Budget, the Director of National Drug Control Policy, the
Administrator of General Services, the Administrator of the Small Business
Administration, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency,
or their designees, and such other senior executive branch officials as may
be determined by the Task Force.  The Chair of the Task Force shall rotate
annually among the Secretaries of Agriculture, Housing and Urban
Development, and Commerce in an order deter-mined by those agency heads.
Administrative support shall be provided by the then-current chair.

     (c) The purpose of the Task Force is to coordinate and improve
existing Federal efforts for the Valley, in concert with locally led
efforts, in order to increase the living standards and the overall economic
performance of the Valley.  Economic development efforts shall include
consideration of the preservation or enhancement of the natural environment
and natural resources of the Valley.  Specifically, the Task Force shall:

     (1) analyze programs and policies of Task Force member agencies that
     relate to the Valley to determine what changes, modifications, and
     innovations should be considered, if any;

     (2) consider statistical and data analysis, research, and policy
     studies related to the Valley;

     (3) develop, recommend, and implement short-term and long-term options
     for promoting sustainable economic development;

     (4) consult and coordinate activities with State, tribal, and local
     governments, community leaders, Members of Congress, the private
     sector, and other interested parties, paying particular attention to
     maintaining existing authorities of the States, tribes, and local
     governments, and preserving their existing working relationships with
     other agencies, organizations, or individuals;

     (5) coordinate and collaborate on research and demonstration
     priorities of Task Force member agencies related to the Valley;

     (6) integrate Federal initiatives and programs into the design of
     sustainable economic development actions for the Valley; and

     (7) focus initial efforts on pilot communities for implementing a
     coordinated and expedited Federal response to local economic
     development and other needs.

     (d) The Task Force shall issue an interim report to the President by
January 15, 2001.  The Task Force shall issue its first annual report to
the President by September 15, 2001, with subsequent reports to follow
annually for a period of 5 years.  The reports shall describe the actions
taken by, and progress of, each member of the Task Force in carrying out
this order.

     Sec. 2.  Specific Activities by Task Force Members and Other Agencies.
The agencies represented on the Task Force shall work together and report
their actions and progress in carrying out this order to the Task Force
Chair one month before the reports are due to the President under section
1(d) of this order.

     Sec. 3.  Cooperation.  All efforts taken by agencies under sections 1
and 2 of this order shall, as appropriate, further partnerships and
cooperation with organizations that represent the Valley and with State,
tribal, and local governments.

     Sec. 4.  Definitions.  (a) "Agency" means an executive agency as
defined in 5 U.S.C. 105.

     (b) The Central San Joaquin Valley or "Valley" means the counties of
Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, Stanislaus, and Tulare in the State of

     Sec. 5.  Judicial Review.  This order does not create any right or
benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law by a party against
the United States, its agencies, its officers, or any person.

                                   WILLIAM J. CLINTON

    October 25, 2000.

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