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Chairman Linda W. Cropp, at the request of the Mayor, introduced the following resolution, which was referred to the Committee on Human Services.
To confirm the mayoral appointment of Ms. Olivia A. Golden as the Director of the Child and Family Services Agency.
A PROPOSED RESOLUTION IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this resolution may be cited as the "Director of the Child and Family Services Agency Olivia A. Golden Confirmation Resolution of 2001 ".
Sec. 2. The Council of the District of Columbia confirms the appointment of
Ms. Olivia A. Golden
as the Director of the Child and Family Services Agency, in accordance with section 2 of the Confirmation Act of 1978, effective March 3, 1979 (D.C. Law 2-142; D.C. Code section 1-633.7), to serve at the pleasure of the Mayor.
Sec. 3. Fiscal impact statement.
The Council adopts the fiscal impact statement in the committee report as the fiscal impact statement required by section 602 (c)(3) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Code section 1-233 (c)(3)).
Sec. 4. The Secretary of the Council of the District of Columbia shall transmit a copy of this resolution, upon its adoption, each to the nominee and to the Mayor.
Sec. 5. This resolution shall take effect immediately.
ANTHONY A. WILLIAMS
June 18, 2001
The Honorable Linda W. Cropp
Dear Chairman Cropp:
I am transmitting for the consideration of the Council of the District of Columbia, the confirmation resolution to appoint Olivia A. Golden, Ph.D., as Director of the Child and Family Services Agency.
The appointment of Dr. Golden marks an important step in the transition of the Child and Family Services Agency out of federal court receivership and into the District government. I anticipate that the control of the Child and Family Services Agency will be returned to the District government early this summer after several remaining transition requirements are fulfilled. As it rejoins the government, the Child and Family Service Agency has been established as a cabinet-level agency with independent personnel, procurement and licensing authority.
The Child and Family Services Agency plays a critical role in maintaining the family structure in the District. The agency is responsible for coordinating public and private partnerships to protect children against abuse, and ensure the preservation of families in the District through foster care, adoption, and child welfare services.
Dr. Golden joins the District government following four years as Assistant Secretary for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a position appointed by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate. In this position, Dr. Golden was responsible for a budget of $37 billion, a staff of 1,500, and a mission encompassing more that 60 federal programs that address the economic well being and healthy development of children and families. These programs include the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF); Head Start; child support enforcement; child care; child welfare (child abuse and neglect, foster, and adoption); as well as programs focused on the needs of special individuals including refugees and the developmentally disabled.
During her tenure, Dr. Golden worked with state and local partners and was successful in increasing the number of adoptions from the foster care system by more than 60%.
Prior to her position with Department of Health and Human Services, Dr: Golden served as Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families. With "children" as the primary focus of the Administration, Dr. Golden created the Child Care Bureau. This bureau brought together the various federal entities responsible for childcare under one organization. Another significant accomplishment was the, establishment and implementation of Early Head Start, a program which extends the benefits of Head Start infants and toddlers. Dr. Golden was also instrumental in laying the foundation for the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997.
In addition to her extensive public and private sector service, Dr. Golden is also the author of Poor Children and Welfare Reform (1992), in addition to several articles on the topic of disadvantaged children and families. Dr. Golden chaired the Cambridge Advisory Committee on Children and Youth and the North Cambridge Stabilization Committee.
Dr. Golden holds a Master's degree and Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and government from Harvard University.
I respectfully request the Council's favorable consideration of the enclosed confirmation resolution.
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