By affording economic opportunity to all citizens and including minority-owned firms in the State procurement process, the Office of Minority Affairs strengthens business development in Maryland. To strengthen such firms, the Office provides them with technical and management assistance, and promotes and coordinates programs. The Office encourages State agencies to strive for 25-percent minority participation on all procurements and contracts as authorized by the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR, Title 21; Chapter 339, Acts of 2001). On matters affecting minority employment, rights, and interests, the Office advises the Governor and assists minority citizens, as authorized by the Governor.
The Office is directed by the Special Secretary of Minority Affairs, who is appointed by the Governor (Code State Government Article, secs. 9-301 through 9-306).
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The Committee has twenty ex officio members (Code State Government Article, sec. 9-303.1). July 1, 2009
INTERDEPARTMENTAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR MINORITY AFFAIRS
The Interdepartmental Advisory Committee for Minority Affairs was created within the Office of Minority Affairs in 1986 (Chapter 719, Acts of 1986). The Committee advises the Special Secretary of Minority Affairs on proposals to promote minority businesses in Maryland and the hiring of minority persons in the State.
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The Committee has twenty ex officio members (Code State Government Article, sec. 9-303.1).
July 1, 2009