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Texas Office of the Governor, Division of Budget and Planning, Human Services Section:
An Inventory of Correspondence at the Texas State Archives, 1980
In 1967, the 60th Legislature, through House Bill 276, created legislation designating the Governor as the Chief Planning Officer of the state of Texas. The Division of Planning Coordination was created and charged with assisting the Governor in his planning activities and coordinating a comprehensive state planning and policy development process. The Division provided planning and technical assistance to state agencies, regional councils of government, and local governments. Responsibilities include or have included providing staff support to the Governor, and interagency councils and task forces created by the Governor, coordinating activities of planning councils, reviewing and commenting on grant applications for federal funds and state plans requiring federal assistance, coordinating and serving as a liaison for metropolitan and regional councils of government and state agencies, providing financial and technical assistance to regional councils, administering the State Planning Assistance Grant Program, and providing legislative and policy support.
In 1976, the Division was consolidated with the Governor's Budget Office and renamed the Governor's Budget and Planning Office. In addition to its planning duties, budget responsibilities by this Office include assisting in the preparation of budget recommendations to the legislature, issuing budget instructions to state agencies, conducting joint hearings with the Legislative Budget Board staff, informing the Governor of the fiscal outlook, and assisting in the analysis of agencies requests for emergency funds. The Budget and Planning programs are each administered by their own director.
The Budget and Planning Office, through its state and regional planning assistance programs, coordinates several federal grant programs on state and regional levels. Several state agencies, through interdepartmental contracts, carry out various aspects of some of these programs. Federal grants are issued to the state or regional planning associations, usually regional councils of government. The Budget and Planning Office has oversight responsibility for the councils. Regional councils of government are associations of local governments, organized and governed by elected local officials. They serve as multipurpose planning agencies for multicounty state planning regions. The councils are the focal point for various state and federal planning and development programs. They provide technical assistance, service, or training to member governments. They also review and comment on local government applications to federal grant programs, to determine if the proposed project is consistent with regional plans or policies. A major portion of their funds are federal, with state and local governments providing the rest.
Records comprise correspondence files, 1980, of the Human Services Section in the Budget and Planning Division of the Texas Office of the Governor. The correspondence consists of incoming letters, largely from the general public, some from state agencies; and outgoing replies. Replies were signed by either Governor William Clements, Mrs. Rita Clements, the director of the Budget and Planning Office, or the Manager of the Human Services Section. Additional materials include the Governor's position statements and speeches, printed materials, and clippings. Topics covered in these files include health care issues, such as nursing home care and regulations, medical or nursing licensing, and actions by the various medical or dental examining boards; child care issues, such as food programs for children, adoption, licensing of religious child care centers, and day care; concerns of the elderly; food stamps and other welfare issues; employment, such as hiring discrmination, layoffs, and unemployment compensation; legislation affecting health and human services issues; and miscellaneous other topics, such as issuance of driver's licenses and DPS identification cards. Many of the letters were referred to state agencies for replies.
To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.
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Correspondence, Human Services Section, Division of Budget and Planning, Texas Office of the Governor. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession number: 1989/060
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Records Management Division of the Texas State Library on December 6, 1988.
Laura K. Saegert, February 1989