ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 3
WILLIAM A. EGAN
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
August 15, 1964
The 1965 Legislature reduced the budget of the Department
of Economic Development and Planning from $701,000 in fiscal
year 1963-1964 to $572,000 in fiscal year 1964-1965, a reduction
of $129,000. The total appropriation for the Department for fiscal
year l964-1965 was $686,000 including $114,000 for the Alaska
Centennial Commission. Ch. 119, SLA 1964. For fiscal year 1963-1964
the appropriation for the Department was $701,000 not
including an appropriation for the Alaska Centennial Commission.
Ch. 104, SLA 1963; Ch. 99, SLA 1963. The net reduction was, therefore,
$129,000 for fiscal year 1964-1965. Also, in Ch. 119, SLA 1964,
a line item limits the appropriation for "Administration,
Planning, and Research, and Industrial Development" to $177,000.
The apparent explanation for this reduction is in a statement
in the 1964 Senate Journal which is entitled "Explanatory
Material Accompanying the Free Conference Committee of SCS for
CS for HB No. 268." On page 668 of the 1964 Senate Journal
the following reference appears:
Department of Economic Development & Planning
In budgeting for administration, industrial development, and
planning and research in this department, the conference committee
foresees a complete reorganization of the department.
Pursuant to the legislature's manifest intent and in order
that the Department of Economic Development and Planning will
be able to operate within its reduced appropriation for the fiscal
IT IS ORDERED that my Executive Assistant shall, in addition
to his regular duties as Executive Assistant to the Governor,
be the principal executive officer of the Department during the
balance of this fiscal year; as principal executive officer of
the Department he shall be the Acting Commissioner of the Department
but shall receive no additional compensation. This temporary
appointment will result in a savings of $17,000, the amount provided
by law as salary for the Commissioner of the Department. The
authority for this action is Art. III, Sec. 24 of the Alaska
State Constitution which requires that each principal department
shall be under the supervision of the Governor.
In order to further implement the legislative intent referred
to herein I will eliminate whatever positions within the three
divisions of the department appear to be at least necessary to
carry out the duties of the department that are prescribed by
law. In eliminating these positions I will, whenever possible,
take into consideration existing vacancies and resignations in
the department in order to minimize the hardships that will result
from the legislative budget reduction.
This Order is effective on August 15, 1964.
Dated at Juneau, Alaska, this 15th day of August, 1964.
WILLIAM A. EGAN