This administration recognizes there exists an abnormally high unemployment rate of disabled and Vietnam-era veterans in the State of Washington. It is imperative that State Government accord the disabled veteran and veteran of the Vietnam-era positive and affirmative consideration in employment. Steps to provide employment opportunities and advancement for Vietnam-era veterans and disabled veterans to the maximum extent feasible should be taken. To this end I have appointed an Interagency Task Force for Veterans, chaired by Joe Garcia, the Commissioner of the Employment Security Department.

This is in accord with my emphasis on hiring veterans and my concern in alleviating the high rate of unemployment among Vietnam-era veterans. This also adheres to the President's economic-stimulus program establishing a 35 percent goal of unemployed disabled and Vietnam-era veteran participation in CETA (Comprehensive Employment and Training Act) public service employment jobs.

It is noted that compliance with various Federal contracts mandates that affirmative action be taken to employ and advance in employment disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam-era. Reference is made to 402 of the Vietnam-era Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, P.L. 93-508; and Title 41 C.F.R., Chapter 60, Part 60-250, Affirmative Action Obligations of Contractors and Sub-Contractors for Disabled Veterans and Veterans of the Vietnam-era, 41 Federal Register No. 124 (June 25, 1976).

It shall be the policy of the State of Washington to establish a program of helping veterans obtain employment, including provisions for job counseling and placement for the disabled veteran and veteran of the Vietnam-era. In furtherance of this policy, State Agencies are directed to give full consideration as to the implementation of an affirmative action program. With the high unemployment rate for veterans, the record of state service in employment and affirmative action for disabled and Vietnam-era veterans can be improved. The provisions in the Executive Order can lessen this severe problem of unemployment and bring the State of Washington closer to a fine record of achievement in providing job services for veterans. Accordingly with this expressed policy in mind;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Dixy Lee Ray, Governor of the State of Washington, by virtue of the power vested in me, Direct that affirmative action be taken by all state agencies to employ, advance in employment and otherwise treat qualified disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam-era without discrimination based upon their disability or veterans status in all employment practices such as hiring, upgrading, demotion or transfer, recruitment, advertising, layoff or termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation, and selection for training, including apprenticeship. (Reference is made to 41 C.F.R. 60-250.4 1976)

A. To further substantiate this commitment, I am hereby issuing the following instructions to be followed by each state agency to achieve equal employment opportunities for disabled and Vietnam-era veterans, and to develop a state work force that is truly representative of this state. The Director, Secretary or President of each state agency shall:

B. To assist the agencies in the development and implementation of affirmative action plan I have assigned the follows responsibilities:

C. The Governor's Interagency Task Force for Veterans shall have the following responsibilities:

D. Consistent with the foregoing provisions of this order the Governor will review and assess the affirmative action progress reports submitted by the Interagency Task Force for Veterans and based thereon take such additional action as is deemed necessary.

  IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the State of Washington to be Affixed at Olympia this 21st day of September A.D., Nineteen hundred and seventy-seven.


Governor of Washington

Secretary of State