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268.0122 Powers and duties.

Subdivision 1. State agency. The commissioner of economic security is designated the "state agency" as defined by United States Code, title 29, section 49c, the Wagner-Peyser Act, as amended through December 31, 1984.

Subd. 2. Specific powers. The commissioner of economic security shall:

(1) administer and supervise all forms of unemployment insurance provided for under federal and state laws that are vested in the commissioner;

(2) administer and supervise all employment and training services assigned to the department of economic security under federal or state law;

(3) review and comment on local service unit plans and community investment program plans and approve or disapprove the plans;

(4) establish and maintain administrative units necessary to perform administrative functions common to all divisions of the department;

(5) supervise the county boards of commissioners, local service units, and any other units of government designated in federal or state law as responsible for employment and training programs;

(6) establish administrative standards and payment conditions for providers of employment and training services;

(7) act as the agent of, and cooperate with, the federal government in matters of mutual concern, including the administration of any federal funds granted to the state to aid in the performance of functions of the commissioner;

(8) obtain reports from local service units and service providers for the purpose of evaluating the performance of employment and training services; and

(9) review and comment on plans for Indian tribe employment and training services and approve or disapprove the plans.

Subd. 3. Duties as a state agency. The commissioner shall:

(1) administer the unemployment insurance laws and related programs;

(2) administer the aspects of aid to families with dependent children, Minnesota family investment program-statewide, general assistance, and food stamps that relate to employment and training services, subject to the contract under section 268.86, subdivision 2;

(3) administer wage subsidies and the discretionary employment and training fund;

(4) administer a national system of public employment offices as prescribed by United States Code, title 29, chapter 4B, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and other federal employment and training programs;

(5) cooperate with the federal government and its employment and training agencies in any reasonable manner as necessary to qualify for federal aid for employment and training services and money;

(6) enter into agreements with other departments of the state and local units of government as necessary;

(7) certify employment and training service providers and decertify service providers that fail to comply with performance criteria according to standards established by the commissioner;

(8) provide consistent, integrated employment and training services across the state;

(9) establish the standards for all employment and training services administered under this chapter;

(10) develop standards for the contents and structure of the local service unit plans and plans for Indian tribe employment and training services;

(11) provide current state and substate labor market information and forecasts, in cooperation with other agencies;

(12) identify underserved populations, unmet service needs, and funding requirements;

(13) consult with the council for the blind on matters pertaining to programs and services for the blind and visually impaired; and

(14) enter into agreements with Indian tribes as necessary to provide employment and training services as funds become available.

Subd. 4. Demonstration projects. The commissioner may conduct and administer demonstration projects to test methods and procedures for providing employment and training services. The demonstration must provide new methods and procedures of administration and must not conflict with the basic purposes, coverage, or benefits provided by law. No demonstration project authorized by this section is effective until any required approval by a federal agency is obtained and the comprehensive plan, including the estimated project costs, is filed with the commissioner of administration.

Subd. 5. Rulemaking. (a) The commissioner may make rules to carry out this chapter.

(b) Effective July 1, 1997, the commissioner may make rules to carry out section 256J.51.

Subd. 6. Mission; efficiency. It is part of the department's mission that within the department's resources the commissioner shall endeavor to:

(1) prevent the waste or unnecessary spending of public money;

(2) use innovative fiscal and human resource practices to manage the state's resources and operate the department as efficiently as possible;

(3) coordinate the department's activities wherever appropriate with the activities of other governmental agencies;

(4) use technology where appropriate to increase agency productivity, improve customer service, increase public access to information about government, and increase public participation in the business of government;

(5) utilize constructive and cooperative labor-management practices to the extent otherwise required by chapters 43A and 179A;

(6) include specific objectives in the performance report required under section 15.91 to increase the efficiency of agency operations, when appropriate; and

(7) recommend to the legislature, in the performance report of the department required under section 15.91, appropriate changes in law necessary to carry out the mission of the department.

Subd. 7. Classification of data on individuals. Data collected on individuals pursuant to a program operated by the commissioner are private data on individuals as defined in section 13.02, subdivision 12, unless more restrictively classified by law.

HIST: 1Sp1985 c 14 art 9 s 40; 1987 c 403 art 2 s 129,130; art 3 s 50; 1989 c 282 art 5 s 123,124; 1994 c 483 s 1; 1995 c 248 art 11 s 19; 1995 c 259 art 1 s 40; 1996 c 339 s 2,3; 1997 c 7 art 5 s 34; 1997 c 85 art 4 s 26; 1997 c 245 art 4 s 6

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