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Monday, May 13, 2013

Governor Signs First Executive Order to address Veterans Transition Support

On Friday, May 10th, Governor Inslee signed his first Executive Order aimed at supporting Washington's Veterans as they transition from military to civilian life.
Governor Jay Inslee, State of Washington, signs Executive Order 13-01 for Veterans Transition Support at the Hire America's Heroes Symposium at the 66th Theatre Aviation Building in JBLM.
The Executive Order asks state government to lead the effort to serve as the model employer for veterans in Washington State.  Governor Inslee also called on private employers to help veterans and their families as they transition, and increase our collective efforts in helping them find living wage jobs.
The Order is broken into several sections:
1) Agency Procurement from Veteran-Owned Businesses - asking all state agencies to increase their purchasing to a goal of 5% with Veteran Owned Businesses who are certified at: http://www.dva.wa.gov/BusinessRegistry/default.aspx
2) Agency Veteran Employment Plans - which asks each state agency to develop a plan to increase the number of veterans in their workforce.
3) Veterans Employee Resource Group - creating a group of veterans in state service to provide advice on recruitment and retention strategies for veterans. 
4) Washington Military Transition Council - asking cabinet agencies to support the new mandatory transition assistance programs at each military installation in Washington State to provide a more seamless and stable transition from military to civilian life.
5) Centralized Data Share and Warehouse Agreement - aimed at streamlining the data agreements between Washington State agencies so that we can better coordinate services to Washington's Veterans.
This was Governor Inslee's first executive order as the newly elected Governor of Washington.
You can view the entire Executive Order at:

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