Previous Administration: Commissions, Task Forces, and Working Groups

Task Force on Public Safety Preparedness and Response to Civil Unrest

This Task Force is charged with evaluating the circumstances that led to the violent white supremacist events in Charlottesville on August 11th and 12th and assessing the Commonwealth’s procedures for preparing and responding to events where civil unrest could occur.

Task Force Web Site

Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse

Nationally, prescription drug and heroin abuse has reached epidemic proportions. Since 2000, deaths from prescription drug overdoses in Virginia have more than doubled, while deaths from heroin overdoses have doubled in the past two years. The Task Force consists of relevant state and local agencies, health and behavioral health care professionals and organizations, law enforcement, and other stakeholders who are working together to reduce prescription opioid and heroin addiction, curtail related criminal activity, and enhance the health, safety, and well-being of all Virginians. 

The 30 Task Force members, along with 80 more community representatives serving on five work groups, have recommended six new pieces of legislation and numerous actions that can be taken immediately to help reduce prescription opioid and heroin addiction. 

Task Force On Combating Campus Sexual Violence

Nationwide, colleges and universities are increasingly aware of the necessity to combat sexual violence on campus. While institutions of higher education are typically safe environments for students to thrive, both academically and personally, sexual violence is an issue that colleges and universities should confront and strive to prevent. Virginia's colleges and universities have signed a Joint Declaration pledging to work together to prevent sexual violence. 

In collaboration with Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, Governor McAuliffe asks college campus leaders, law enforcement, mental health, and advocacy groups, to seek and recommend solutions that will bring critical awareness and identify best practices to aggressively combat sexual violence on campus.  A final report is due June 1, 2015.

Governor’s Task Force on Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis Response

Through this Executive Order, the Governor is calling on leaders in the mental health field, law enforcement communities, the judicial system, private hospitals, and individuals receiving mental health services, to seek and recommend solutions that will improve Virginia’s mental health crisis services and help prevent crises from developing. 

Railroad Safety and Security Task Force

Created shortly after a freight train derailment spilled crude oil in the James River near Lynchburg, the Task Force seeks to make Virginia a national leader in preventing, preparing for, and responding to similar events. The Task Force includes state agencies, officials, and subject matter experts who will make recommendations and take action to enhance Virginia’s capability to protect lives, property, and the environment along our many rail lines.

Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission

This Commission will evaluate the recommendations made by then-Governor Kaine’s Climate Commission, determine what actions were taken on those recommendations, and issue an updated final report. The Executive Order gives the Commission one year to complete its work. 

Commission Web Site

Virginia Cyber Security Commission

The Virginia Cyber Commission concluded its activities on 29 March 2016 after two years of focused action to enhance the overall security posture of Commonwealth information technology systems, rapidly develop a Virginia cyber workforce through innovative education programs, increase the overall cyber knowledge and resilience of Commonwealth citizens, modernize Commonwealth statute and law enforcement capabilities to address the rapidly changing cyber environment, and build on Virginia’s existing cyber and technology industry to bring new cyber related industries and jobs to the Commonwealth.

About the Commission Cyber Virginia

Secure and Resiliant Commonwealth Panel

The Panel monitors and assesses the implementation of statewide prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery initiatives at all levels in the Commonwealth.  Its 33 members facilitate cabinet-level coordination among all state agencies related to emergency preparedness, and issue quarterly reports on how their efforts are progressing. 

Panel Web Site

Resilience Dashboard

The Department of Homeland Security, Science & Technology, has partnered with the Office of the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security in developing a dashboard to help regions better define and measure resilience.  In conjunction with the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), this project has been comprehensively engaging Virginia experts and stakeholders to discuss their definitions, indicators, gaps and successes when it comes to regional resilience. The goal of this project is to develop a model process for communities to assess their overall resilience by considering their policies, threats, and other factors.

The first seminar was held in Glen Allen, VA in December 2015 and focused on identifying state governance structures, programs, and overarching policies contributing to resilience. The second meeting was held in Hampton Roads and kicked off a series of regional meetings.  The third was in Roanoke addressing the needs of Southwest Virginia and the last in Northern Virginia.

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