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In 1972, President Richard Nixon (1969-1974) established Federal Regional Councils for ten different regions of the United States. The purpose of the Councils was to foster interagency communications and to strengthen relations between federal, state, and local governments. The ultimate goal was to ensure federal laws and plans were implemented under the concept of “New Federalism,” a philosophical ideal that transferred power back to local governing bodies. Each Council consisted of an assigned delegate from the Department of Labor, Health, and Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Transportation, the Office of Economic Opportunity, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration.
The Federal Regional Councils Program was amended and expanded under Presidents Gerald Ford (1974-1977) and Jimmy Carter (1977-1981). Each Council was different based on its region’s needs. Region VI, or the Southwest Region, consisted of Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. The Southwest Federal Regional Council, which began operation in the mid-1970s, was based in Dallas, Texas. The Southwest Council focused on general federal initiatives such as welfare reform projects and rural development, and its regional-specific programs included the Red Riverway Project in Louisiana, the McGee Creek Reservoir Project in Oklahoma, and the Greater South Texas Cultural Basin Commission.
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan (1981-1989) issued Executive Order 12407 which officially disbanded all ten Federal Councils. Officials stated that they were cancelled because they had fulfilled their purpose, but many argued the Federal Councils trumped state and local governments. Despite the criticisms, many of the projects implemented under the Southwest Federal Regional Council had lasting benefits for the region that are still visible and accessible today.
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The records are arranged first chronologically, then alphabetically with the exception of the last five folders in box 10, which are Restricted; and box 11, which were removed from the original order due to legal size documents, but are still in chronological and then alphabetical order.
This collection contains publications, brochures, conference materials, general correspondence and memorandums, program overviews and initiatives, reports from the Evaluation of the Public Service Careers Program, Public Employment Program, Building Rural Texas, Productive Employment of the Disadvantaged, the Minority Women Employment Program, Us Department of Labor, State Employment Security Agency, US Department of Transportation, Southwest Border Regional Commission on Federal Border Activities, Department of Labor, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Department of Agriculture, Rural Public Transportation, Employment Initiatives Program Seminar, Atoka County Needs Assessment, American for Indian Opportunities, McGee Creek Project and the Red River Project.
One-Third of a Nation: Report on Young Men Found Unqualified for Military Service, 1964-01-01 Manpower Demand and Supply in Professional Occupations 2nd Annual Report: Office of Economic Opportunity, 1966 The Realities of Manpower Planning, 1974
Project Buy Clean Summer Program for Action to Renew the Environment Community Action Program Guide - Volume 1, 1965
Project Seesaw, 1967-04 Job Development for the Hard-to-employ, 1968-06 Neighborhood Youth Corps: 3 Years of Success
Transformation from School to Work Report, 1968 United States Budget in Brief, 1979 Compilation of Selected Federal Laws Relating to Employment and Training, 1976
Public Service Careers Program: A General Discription, 1969-08 Jobs Entry Program, 1972-11 A Model for Training the Disadvantaged, 1973
Sources of Occupational Information, 1968-05 Guide to Local Occupationl Information, 1969 Apprenticeship Coordinators, 1970 National Apprenticeship Program, 1972 An Introduction to DOE Procurement, 1978-08
Farmers Home Administration Documents; Federal Executive Board Annual Reports, 1981; Council Meeting Minutes, Memorandums, and Notes; and Americans for Indian Opportunity Documents.
Publications; New Mexico Programs; Office of Management and Budget (OMB); Organization of Executive Branch; Governors Briefing Book, 1978; and Various Documents.
Cost/Revenue Allocation; Cost of Service; Community Involvement; Coordination Strategies; Data Collection, Monitoring, and Evaluation; and Financing Rural Transportation.
Federal Program Briefing (copy), 1979; General Correspondences; Report on the McGee Creek Demonstration Site; and Apprentinceship and CETA Technical Assistance Guide.