WHEREAS, the health, economic and educational well-being and development of the people of Mississippi are of prime consideration to the State of Mississippi and to the Governor; and

WHEREAS, the State of Mississippi requires a comprehensive and coordinated approach in the administration of human services to the citizens of this state in order to strengthen communication and common purpose among all agencies and groups concerned with human services administration; in order to make full and effective use of existing resources and agency potentials; and, in order to avoid duplication, fragmentation, and waste; and

WHEREAS, the Governor is required by law to transact all the business of this state with the United States government and it is necessary to reconstitute the Department of Human Services in order to accomplish same:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Haley Barbour, Governor of the State of Mississippi, pursuant to the authority vested in me, do hereby reconstitute within the Executive Branch of Mississippi State Government a Department of Human Services. The chief administrative officer of the Department shall be the Executive Director, Don Taylor, who is presently serving in that capacity. The Executive Director shall establish the organizational structure of the Mississippi Department of Human Services which shall include the creation of any units necessary to implement the duties assigned to the Department and consistent with specific requirements of law. Further, the Executive Director shall appoint heads of offices, and any necessary supervisors, assistants and employees, who shall serve at the pleasure of the Executive Director. The salary and compensation of such employees shall be subject to the rules and regulations adopted and promulgated by the State Personnel Board as created under Section 25-9-101 et seq. The Executive Director shall have the authority to organize offices as deemed appropriate to carry out the responsibilities of the Department.

The Department of Human Services shall have the authority and responsibility to:

(1) Perform those duties prescribed by Sections 43-1-1 through 43-1-63 of the Mississippi Code of 1972 as Amended;

(2) Formulate the policy of the department regarding human services within the jurisdiction of the department;

(3) Adopt, modify, repeal and promulgate, after due notice and hearing, and where not otherwise prohibited by federal or state law, to make exceptions to and grant exemptions and variances from, and to enforce rules and regulations implementing and effectuating the powers and duties of the department under any and all statutes within the department’s jurisdiction, all of which shall be binding upon the county departments of human services;

(4) Apply for, receive and expend any federal or state funds or contributions, gifts, devises, bequests or funds from any other source, including but not limited to the receipt and expenditure of all funds appropriated by House Bill 1747;

(5) Enter into and execute contracts, grants and cooperative agreements with any federal or state agency or subdivision thereof, or any public or private institution located inside or outside the State of Mississippi, or any person, corporation or association in connection with carrying out the programs of the department;

(6) Discharge such other duties, responsibilities and powers as are necessary to implement the programs of the department;

(7) Promulgate rules, laws, and regulations as necessary for the implementation of this Executive Order.

It shall be the duty of every department, board, commission, agency, office, institution, and political subdivision of Mississippi State Government and the officers thereof to render all possible assistance and cooperation to the Department of Human Services in the Executive Branch of Mississippi State Government and in performing all other duties and responsibilities described therein.

This Executive Order shall be effective as of July 1, 2004.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Mississippi to be affixed.

DONE at the Capitol in the City of Jackson, the 30th day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand four, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and twenty-eighth.




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