PART I. GOVERNOR'S OFFICE
[ 4 PA. CODE CH. 6 ]
[ EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 2019-03 ]
Pennsylvania State Employee Military Service Recognition Campaign
[49 Pa.B. 3467]
[Saturday, July 6, 2019]
June 14, 2019
Whereas, Commonwealth employees who serve or have served in the Armed Forces of the United States, the Reserves and National Guard, have demonstrated extraordinary selflessness and made personal sacrifices for this Commonwealth and the nation; and
Whereas, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is committed to providing assistance to those who serve or have served by identifying and providing information and assistance about federal or state benefits that these individuals may have earned; and
Whereas, the Commonwealth is also committed to providing its employees who serve or have served with opportunities for collaboration, esprit de corps, and support; and
Whereas, the Commonwealth is committed to recognizing those Commonwealth employees who serve or have served and believes that this recognition will encourage patriotism, spark the call to service, and stimulate civic engagement within our Commonwealth.
Now, Therefore, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and other laws, do formally establish the Pennsylvania State Employee Military Service Recognition Campaign, and do order and direct as follows:
Fiscal Note: GOV-2019-03. No fiscal impact; (8) recommends adoption.
TITLE 4. ADMINISTRATION
PART I. GOVERNOR'S OFFICE
CHAPTER 6. ADDITIONAL COUNCILS AND COMMITTEES
Subchapter JJJ. PENNSYLVANIA STATE EMPLOYEE MILITARY SERVICE RECOGNITION CAMPAIGN
6.741. Purpose. 6.742. Eligibility. 6.743. Responsibilities. 6.744. General provisions 6.745. Effective date. 6.746. Termination date.
§ 6.741. Purpose.
The purpose of the Pennsylvania State Employee Military Service Recognition Campaign (Campaign) is to annually recognize and thank Commonwealth employees who serve or have served in the Armed Forces of the United States, the Reserves and National Guard, by providing them with a lapel pin to honor their service. Eligible employees will not be recognized with a lapel pin as part of this Campaign more than once during their time of employment with the Commonwealth.
§ 6.742. Eligibility.
Eligible Employees are current Commonwealth employees who serve or have served in the Armed Forces of the United States: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard; the Reserves; and National Guard.
§ 6.743. Responsibilities.
The Pennsylvania State Employee Military Service Recognition Campaign (Campaign) shall be responsible for the following:
a. The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) will:
(1) Coordinate the Campaign and provide support to Commonwealth agencies in the administration of the Campaign. The DMVA will also procure the lapel pins for the Campaign.
(2) Establish a Veterans in Public Service (VIPS) Committee consisting of current Commonwealth employees (Eligible Employees) to align under the Governor's Advisory Council on Veterans Services (GAC-VS), established under Executive Order 2013-03 (see 4 Pa. Code §§ 6.551—6.556 (relating to Governor's Advisory Council on Veterans Services)).
(3) Provide benefits information and assistance with benefits applications to Eligible Employees.
b. The Office of Administration will establish and maintain a database of Eligible Employees, assist Commonwealth agencies in conducting an annual review of the database, keep a record of those employees who have received lapel pins or who have opted out of the Campaign, and assist the DMVA with the facilitation of the VIPS Committee.
c. Commonwealth agencies:
(1) On an annual basis, will identify Eligible Employees within their agencies who may qualify for the lapel pin and, where appropriate, hold recognition ceremonies.
(2) Will refer Eligible Employees to the DMVA for assistance with benefit questions and applications.
(3) Will coordinate with the DMVA to provide veterans outreach activities within the Commonwealth Agency.
(4) Will acquire Campaign pins from the DMVA. Commonwealth agencies are responsible for paying the DMVA for the Campaign pins.
(5) May identify a veteran representative to serve on the VIPS Committee, under the GAC-VS, and to coordinate recognition ceremonies.
§ 6.744. General provisions.
This subchapter shall be implemented consistent with applicable law. This subchapter is not intended to, and does not create, any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the Commonwealth, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents or any other person.
§ 6.745. Effective date.
This subchapter shall take effect immediately.
§ 6.746. Termination date.
This subchapter shall remain in effect unless revised or rescinded by the Governor.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 19-1008. Filed for public inspection July 5, 2019, 9:00 a.m.]
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