OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
September 17, 2004
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 221
I, Frank H. Murkowski, Governor of the State of Alaska, under the authority of art. III, secs. 1
and 24, of the Alaska Constitution, and in accordance with AS 44.19.145(c), establish the
Governorís Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and the Office of
Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in the Department of Health and Social Services.
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE
Alaskaís work force development and health
and social services systems have many needs that faith-based and community organizations,
working in collaboration with government agencies and each other, are well positioned to
address-especially those needs requiring human compassion, time, and spiritual and
When faith-based and community organizations are operating efficiently, they are flexible,
entrepreneurial, and well attuned to local needs. These organizations serve to complement
the strengths of government agencies.
Today, many faith-based and community organizations lack the expertise and organizational
capacity to engage government agencies in collaborative projects to help meet the material,
social, and spiritual needs of Alaskans.
Establishing the Governorís Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
(council) and the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (office) in the Department
of Health and Social Services will jointly serve to facilitate communication and collaboration
between faith-based and community-based organizations and government agencies in order
to address gaps in Alaskaís work force and health and social services systems.
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE COUNCIL
The council is established in the Department of Health and Social Services.
MEMBERSHIP AND OFFICERS OF THE COUNCIL
The council consists of public members appointed by the governor and serving at the pleasure
of the governor. Public members include representatives from the faith-based community,
business community, not-for-profit providers of health and social services, and other community
leaders located throughout the state. The number of members will be set by the governor
through the appointment process.
The commissioners of the Department of Health and Social Services, Department of Labor
and Workforce Development, Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs, Department of
Corrections, or those commissioners' designees, serve as ex officio members of the council.
The governor will appoint the chair of the council from among the public members. The
council may elect other officers as the council determines necessary.
DUTIES OF THE COUNCIL
The council shall advise the governor on policies and practices to increase the contributions
of faith-based and community organizations to meet the workforce and health and social
services needs of the people of Alaska. The council shall provide a report to the governor
on the faith-based and community initiatives activities and issues by May 1, 2005.
The council shall convene a statewide conference on faith-based and community initiatives.
The conference shall serve to enhance greater public and private partnerships and include
opportunities for participants to receive hands-on training designed to help build workforce
and health and social services system capacity throughout the state.
DUTIES OF THE OFFICE
The office is established in the Department of Health and Social Services. The office will lead a
coordinated effort among the departments in the executive branch to promote and coordinate
appropriate faith-based, community, and government programs and services.
The office shall be managed by an executive director who shall be selected by the
commissioner of health and social services for this project.
The office shall coordinate with the council and shall provide periodic reports to the
governor on issues, information, activities, and recommendations related to faith-based
and community initiative matters.
The office shall further support the objectives of the faith-based and community initiatives by
∑ providing a single point of contact for faith-based and community organizations to receive
information, assistance, and referrals within the executive branch of state government;
∑ providing guidance, direction, and support for increased collaboration among faith-based
and community organizations and between faith-based and community organizations and
the executive branch of state government;
∑ seeking financing to support faith-based and community initiative programs and services;
∑ facilitating or providing grant writing training, organizational development, and other
technical assistance to help faith-based and community organizations develop increased
capacity to provide services and programs to those in need in this state;
∑ providing training to state employees in the executive branch on how to work with
faith-based and community organizations; and
∑ developing, in accordance with law, intergovernmental agreements among state agencies
in the executive branch necessary to accomplish the purposes of this Order.
The following general provisions apply to the activities of the council:
Council members do not receive compensation as a member of the council. Members of the
council who are not state government employees are entitled to per diem and travel expenses
in the same manner permitted for members of state boards and commissions. Per diem and
travel expenses for ex-officio members of the council that are state employees are the
responsibility of the state agency the ex-officio member represents.
To reduce costs, the council may use teleconferencing or other electronic means to the extent
practicable to conduct its business.
The council shall establish procedures for voting and meetings of the council.
Meetings of the council shall be conducted, and notice of the meetings provided, in accordance
with AS 44.62.310 and 44.62.320 (Open Meetings of Governmental Bodies).
This Order takes effect immediately.
DATED at Juneau, Alaska, this 17th day of September, 2004.
/s/Frank H. Murkowski