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A Description of the Records of the Division of Federal & State Programs and Mayor’s Office Administration
Administrative History of the Division of Federal & State Programs and Mayor’s Office Administration
This unit of the Mayor's Office is listed in City operating budget documents as the Division of Administration and Policy Planning (2000-2002) and as the Human Resources Administration Division prior to that period. A separate document prepared at the end of the Morial administration in 2002, however, states that "the Division of Federal and State Programs and Mayor’s Office Administration was established in October, 1995 in the first reorganization of the Morial Administration."
During the 1970s the city had an Office of Federal Programs that worked to secure and manage the significant percentage of the city’s budget that was funded with federal dollars. In later years OFP was disbanded and its functions were delegated to other offices within city government. In the 1994 transition process the Federal Programs Task Force found that each city department was assuming responsibility for its own federal grant programs and applications. That proved to be less than the most efficient way to handle such affairs.
The charge of the Office of Federal and State Programs was to develop and manage grant funding for the City of New Orleans. Additionally, the Office coordinated grant regulatory compliance and single audit resolution. It provided administrative management to several competitive initiatives with the Mayor’s Office. It administered the the city’s Enterprise Community program awarded through the Empowerment Zone application submitted in 1994; the city’s Healthy Start Initiatives with services provided by the Great Expectations Foundation, Inc.; and the city’s Weed & Seed program for reclaiming neighborhoods and making them safe for families.
The mission of the Office of Health Policy was to provide leadership, direction and oversight to the city’s ability to respond effectively and in a timely manner to the growing HIV and substance abuse epidemics in New Orleans (and in surrounding areas for HIV services). The Orleans Regional AIDS Planning Council and the New Orleans Minority Health Care Collaborative worked with the Mayor’s Office to provide leadership and direction in determining HIV and substance abuse prevention needs and methods to meet those needs. OHP served as the administrative agency for Ryan White Title I funds for the New Orleans Eligible Metropolitan Area (Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. James, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines Parishes).
The mission of the Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs is to develop and implement policy and initiatives that impact this city’s human capital. This office provided both technical and programmatic support, outreach and human resources to a variety of community based initiatives. It was the city’s networking avenue to community activities and events and had the responsibility for directly focusing the efforts of the administration to the community.
The Office of Workforce Development provides policy administration and programmatic oversight to the local workforce investment area. It was responsible for developing and supporting relationships and linkages with business and industry, training providers, and job seekers. The unit served as the grant recipient administrative entity for Workforce Investment Act funds and implements the policy and directives of the Workforce Investment Board.
The Mayor's Office Administration provided support (administrative and fiscal) to insure the efficient and effective operation of the Mayor's Office. The unit was responsible for scheduling, fiscal affairs, mail/records management, and personnel within the overall Office of the Mayor. The office managed the budget for the Mayor's Office as well as community initiatives, specifically, the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Aging and Tulane Scholarship Program.
The Office of Communications sought to improve the image of local government and increase public confidence in governmental policies through accurate and consistent messaging regarding services & operations, initiatives, and programs. It assisted in the accomplishment of the City's mission in several ways:
Communications was formerly under the umbrella of the Division of Intergovernmental Relations; it was transferred to the Division of Federal & State Programs and Mayor’s Office Administration in 2000.
The records include:
These records are organized into sub-series as follows:
Mayor's Office Administration [50 boxes]
Scheduling Records [69 boxes]
Office of Communications [72 boxes]
Office of Federal and State Programs
Subseries A [8 boxes]
Subseries B [11 boxes]
Office of Health Policy [9 boxes]
Restrictions on Access
Available to registered researchers by appointment (contact the archives staff for additional information).
Restrictions on Use
Documents written/created by or for City of New Orleans officials/employees may be used with no restrictions. Copyright to letters written by outside individuals, agencies, and corporations belong to those entities.
Mayor Marc H. Morial, Records of the Division of Federal & State Programs and Mayor’s Office Administration, 1994-2002
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