THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release October 27, 2000
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COMMISSION ON WORKERS, COMMUNITIES,
AND ECONOMIC CHANGE IN THE NEW ECONOMY
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.), it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Establishment. There is established the "Commission on
Workers, Communities, and Economic Change in the New Economy" (Commission).
The Commission shall be composed of up to 14 persons to be appointed by the
President from individuals who represent State or local agencies relating
to workforce or community development, economists or other workforce
development experts, labor organizations, business leaders, and Members of
Congress. The President shall designate a Chairperson from among the
members of the Commission.
Sec. 2. Functions. The Commission shall conduct a study of matters
relating to economic dislocation, and worker and community adjustment to
such dislocations. In carrying out this study, the Commission shall
(a) the impact of international trade, technology, globalization, and
the changing nature of work on both workers and their communities;
(b) the effectiveness of existing Federal programs in assisting
workers and communities in adjusting to economic change, including the
adequacy of the design of such programs;
(c) the strategies for providing workplace education and training to
assist workers in acquiring new skills;
(d) the strategies for assisting communities to adjust to changing
economic conditions and changes in the mix of employment opportunities
in those communities;
(e) the role of public-private partnerships in implementing job
training and community assistance; and
(f) the role of income support and economic security programs in
facilitating worker adjustment to rapidly changing economic
Sec. 3. Report. Not later than 12 months after the first meeting of
the Commission, the Commission shall prepare and submit to the President
and the Congress a report that contains a detailed statement of the
findings and conclusions of the Commission's study carried out under
section 2 of this order, and includes:
(1) a summary of best practices and policies carried out by employers
and public-private partnerships in providing workers with the
education and training needed to effectively adjust to economic
(2) a summary of best practices and policies carried out by or on
behalf of communities in responding to large-scale economic changes;
(3) any recommendations relating to legislative and administrative
actions that the Commission determines to be appropriate.
Sec. 4. Administration. (a) Members of the Commission shall serve
without compensation for their work on the Commission. While engaged in
the work of the Commission, members appointed from among private citizens
of the United States may be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in
lieu of subsistence, as authorized by law for persons serving
intermittently in the Government service (5 U.S.C. 5701-5707).
(b) The Department of Labor shall provide the Commission with funding
and administrative support. The Commission may have paid staff. In
addition, appropriate Federal agencies may
be requested to designate staff to assist with the work of the Commission.
The Secretary of Labor shall perform the functions of the President under
the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), except that
of reporting to the Congress, in accordance with the guidelines and
procedures established by the Administrator of General Services.
Sec. 5. General Provisions. The Commission shall terminate 30 days
after submitting its report.
WILLIAM J. CLINTON
THE WHITE HOUSE,
October 27, 2000.
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