The Resource Records of the Policy Office of Governor Mark R. Warner

Records of the Policy Office of Governor Mark R. Warner

Records of the Policy Office of Governor Mark R. Warner, 2002-2006
Records of the Policy Office of Governor Mark R. Warner
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  • The Policy Office Records of Governor Mark R. Warner are housed in 253 boxes. The collection is arranged into five (5) series. Series have been designated for: I. Decision Briefs; II. Regulations; III. Legislative Files; IV. Policy Analyst Files; and V. Legal Files. These records include decision briefs, correspondence, memorandums, legislative files, briefing books, subject files, reports, settlement, warrants and legal files. These records document the legislative and policy priorities of the Warner administration (2002-2006)
  • Series I. Decision Briefs, 2002-2005 (accession 42411) is housed in 3 boxes and is arranged chronologically by year. Within each year, the records are filed in reverse chronological order. The series consists of decision briefs, requests, recommendations, background information and supporting documents including correspondence and legislative citations
  • This series documents Governor Warner's responses to requests from Executive Branch agencies for expenditure of funds from various sources controlled by the Governor's Office and approval of bond sales. Each Decision Brief usually includes: a description of the request including background material, discussion, and conclusions by the Policy Office; a recommendation from Richard D. Brown, Director, Department of Planning and Budget; and concurrence from Secretary of Finance John M. Bennett, the cabinet secretary overseeing requesting agency, and the Director of Policy (Jane N. Kusiak, 2002, Robert M. Blue, 2002-2005, and Suzette Denslow, 2005), Counselor to the Governor (Robert M. Blue, 2002-2005 and Robert Crouch, 2005-2006) and Chief of Staff (William H. Leighty, 2002-2006). If all concur, the Governor then signs the brief. (Extent: 0.88 cu. ft.)
  • Series II. Regulations, 2002-2006 (accession 42413) is housed in 34 boxes and is arranged by cabinet secretary and alphabetically by state agency therein. The series consists of regulation review forms, memorandums, recommendations, and summary of regulations
  • This series documents the Warner Administration's executive branch review of Virginia's Regulator Process. Before a regulation become available for public comment on Town Hall, Virginia's regulatory web site, it often undergoes review by the Department of Planning and Budget, the responsible Cabinet Secretary and the Governor (via the Policy Office). The Office of the Attorney General also may review the regulation. Each regulation reviewed by the Policy Office usually includes a Regulatory Review Form, memorandum(s) from the Department of Planning and Budget (DPB) and the Town Hall posting. (Extent: 12.25 cu. ft.)
  • Series III. Legislative Files, 2002-2005 (accession 42414) is housed in 137 boxes and is arranged chronologically by legislative session. This series documents the Governor's Policy Office review of all legislation introduced by the General Assembly during the Warner administration. Each file usually contains the text of each bill including any amendments, bill tracking information, Governor's Summaries (prepared by the Division of Legislative Services), Legislative Action Summaries (for bills tabled, withdrawn or killed in committee), Governor's Policy Office Enrolled Bill Review Forms, Enrolled Bill Reviews (by Cabinet Secretary), Department of Planning and Budget Fiscal Impact Statements, Attorney General's Recommendations to the Governor and other miscellaneous legislation-related documents which explain in detail various bills brought before and voted upon by the General Assembly. In addition to providing the policy positions and decisions of the Warner administration, the Legislative Files may also be useful to researchers in determining legislative intent. (Extent: 47.95 cu. ft.)
  • Series IV. Policy Analyst Files, 2002-2006 (accessions 42409, 42410, 42412 and 42421) is housed in 72 boxes and is arranged into eight subseries. Subseries have been designated for: A. Robert M. Blue, Counselor to the Governor and Director of Policy; B. William L. Murray, Deputy Director of Policy; C. David H. Hallock, Assistant to the Governor for Policy and Deputy Counselor; D. Gail D. Jaspen, Assistant to the Governor for Policy and Deputy Counselor; E. Ryan W. Childress, Special Assistant to the Governor; F. Anna Healy, Special Assistant to the Governor; G. Steven Gould, Special Assistant to the Governor for Policy; and H. Richard E. Williams, Special Assistant for Urban Policy. The series consists of correspondence, memorandum, background information, reports, briefing books, and subject files. This series documents the activities of individual policy analysts and the development of policy during the Warner Administration. (Extent: 25.20 cu. ft.)
  • Series V. Legal Files, 2002-2005 (accession 42412) is housed in seven boxes and is arranged into three subseries. Subseries have been designated for: A. Attorney General Settlements; B. Interstate Agreements on Detainers; and C. Service of Process on the Governor. The series consists of correspondence, memorandum, settlements, warrants, and legal files. This series documents some of the legal activities of the Warner Administration. The Attorney General Settlements subseries is restricted for 75 years (primacy and attorney-client privilege). (Extent: 2.45 cu. ft.)
Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Governor's Office. (Search Virginia Governor's Office as author).
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The Policy Office is a division of the Office of the Governor in the Executive Branch of Virginia state Government. Members of the Policy Office include Policy Director, Deputy Policy Director, Counselor to the Governor, Deputy Counselor to the Governor, Policy Analysts and Special Assistant to the Governor. The Policy Office during Governor Mark R. Warner's administration (2002-2006) was responsible for the formation of policy, regulator and legislative review, and legal activities. On 8 January 2002, Governor-elect Warner chose Jane N. Kusiak, then Deputy Director of the Warner Transition Office, to serve as Director of Policy. She was responsible for developing the policies and legislative priorities of the Governor's Office. Kusiak left the Warner administration in September 2002. Robert M. Blue, Counselor to the Governor, also became Director of Policy following Kusiak's resignation. He served until May 2005 when he resigned to take a position with Dominion Resources, Inc. Suzette P. Denslow, who joined the Warner administration in 2002 as Deputy Policy Director, served as Policy Director from May 2005 until September 2005. William L. Murray, served as Deputy Director of Policy in 2002 and from 2003 to 2005, served as Policy Directory from 16 September 2005 to January 2006. Robert P. Crouch, Jr., Deputy Secretary of Public Safety, became Counselor to the Governor in May 2005. Other Policy Office staff members were: William L. Murray, David Hallock, Steven Gould, Ryan Childress, Wayne Turnage, Annal Healy, Jeff Bourne, Gail Jaspen, and Richard E. Williams.
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Records of the Policy Office of Governor Mark R. Warner
  • These records are part of the Governor's Office record group (RG#3)
  • Dates of record-keeping activity: 2002-2006
  • The Library of Virginia
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Governing access note
Privacy protected and confidential information is restricted from public access for 75 years per Code of Virginia 42.1-78. Restricted records in this collection have been sealed but not removed from the collection. Types of sealed information may include, but are not limited to: inmate records, clemency petitions and attorney-client communications. Office of the Attorney General legislative recommendations are restricted but have not been removed from the collection
Immediate source of acquisition
Office of the Governor
Organization method
Organized into the following series: I. Decision Briefs, 2002-2005; II. Regulations, 2002-2006; III. Legislative Files, 2002-2005; IV. Policy Analyst Files, 2002-2006; and V. Legal Files, 2002-2005.
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cu. ft. (253 boxes)



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