Dr. Mike Haynie, the executive director of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF), has been named by US Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez to serve as the Chairman of the Department’s Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment, Training, and Employer Outreach (ACVETEO). This is Haynie’s second term as a member of the committee, but first as chairman, during which he will serve a two-year appointment.
The Secretary’s Advisory Committee is tasked to assess the employment and training needs of the nation’s veterans and their integration into the civilian workforce, as well as to determine the extent to which the programs and activities of the Department of Labor are meeting such needs. Further, the ACTVETO assists the Assistant Secretary for Veterans’ Employment and Training (ASVET) in conducting outreach to employers with respect to the training and skills of veterans and the advantages afforded employers by hiring veterans, and makes recommendations to the Secretary of Labor with respect to the employment and training needs of veterans. The committee’s findings and recommendations are summarized annually in a report provided to both the Secretary of Labor and to the Committees on Veterans’ Affairs of the Senate and the House of Representatives.
The committee is comprised of between 12 and 16 individuals with both public and private sector backgrounds, to include members representing the Society for Human Resource Management, the Business Roundtable, the National Association of State Workforce Agencies, the US Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Business, the National Governors Association, national labor unions, veterans’ services organizations, as well as other nationally-recognized authorities in the fields of business, employment, training, rehabilitation, or labor. Ex-officio, non-voting members of the ACVETEO include the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Secretary of Defense, the Director of the Office of Personnel Management, the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training, and the Administrator of the Small Business Administration.
The first meeting of this term of the ACVETEO will be held this Thursday, April 10, at the Department of Labor in Washington, DC, and meetings will subsequently be held on a quarterly basis.