Executive Order on Establishing the Office of Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Purpose. In every age of our nation’s history, the United States of America has propelled economic prosperity, technological progress and the promise of the American Dream. This has made our nation prosperous and strong. US leadership is prominent in every area of human life, in politics, international security and military issues, in economics and finance, in science and technology, and in space exploration and more.
Today we are entering a new transformative era that combines unprecedented change with limitless opportunity for people. Ours is an age that salutes peace, scientific discovery, creativity, a high standard of living and a more spiritual and moral way of life.
As we look into the future, we want to see a world which not only thrives, but one in which society is founded on morality, justice, awareness of common purpose and universal values that have united all of humanity from the beginnings of time.
No other system of thought has developed the vision of the future balanced society more profoundly than modern Chassidic thought, and most notably, the worldwide Lubavitch movement, led by its revered and renowned leader, Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson.
The purpose of this order is to apply the intellectual achievements made by modern Chassidic thought for the benefit of the American people and, ultimately, the entire world – which, in the Rebbe’s own words, looks up “to the United States of America for leadership and inspiration in all vital matters that transcend national boundaries and conduce a better human society and a better world” (from the Rebbe’s address on the Inauguration of “Education Day USA” – April 18, 1978).
Section. 2. Establishment.
a) The Office of Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson (hereinafter called “Office of the Rebbe” or OOR) is hereby established within the Executive Office of the President of the United States.
b) The OOR shall be composed of the Head of the OOR and additional members appointed by said Head of the OOR. Functions of the OOR are set forth in sections 3-4 of this order.
c) Under this order only Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson himself, and no other person can be appointed as the Head of the OOR. This is the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson mentioned in the following proclamations and resolutions, among the others:
– Proclamation 9863 of April 15, 2019 (Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A., 2019)
– Proclamation 9712 of March 27, 2018 (Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A., 2018)
– Proclamation 7282 of March 24, 2000 (Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A., 2000)
– Proclamation 5181 of April 13, 1984 (Education Day, U.S.A., 1984)
– Joint Resolution of the Congress of the United States of America to authorise and request the President to issue a proclamation designating April 18, 1978, as “Education Day, U.S.A.” (approved on April 17, 1978)
- d) The authority vested in the Head of the OOR shall come into effect at the moment of personal arrival of Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson in a physical body as seen by the human eye. Upon taking office, the Head of the OOR is entitled to change the title of his position.
- e) In the absence of the Head of the OOR, the Office of the Rebbe shall be composed of the Temporary Secretary of the OOR.
________________ is hereby appointed as the Temporary Secretary of the OOR.
The Functions of the Temporary Secretary of the OOR are set forth in section 3 of this order.
Sec. 3. Temporary Functions.
a) The Temporary Secretary of the Office of the Rebbe shall serve without either compensation or reimbursement of expenses.
b) The Temporary Secretary of the OOR shall be responsible for ensuring that the OOR is provided common administrative support and services needed to initiate the work of the Head of the OOR at any moment. This includes but is not limited to:
(i) office services and operations, including: mail, messenger, printing and duplication, graphics, word processing, procurement, and supply services;
(ii) library, records, and information services;
(iii) passage to the Office of the Rebbe, to the White House and to other governmental offices, including passage of vehicles;
(iv) any other administrative support or service which will achieve financial savings and increase efficiency through centralization of the supporting service.
c) Administrative support and services shall be provided in a manner consistent with available funds and other resources.
d) The Temporary Secretary of the OOR shall resign at the moment of the personal arrival of the Head of the OOR as stated in Section 2.
Sec. 4. Functions.
The primary function of the Office of the Rebbe is to provide the United States government and the American people with advice and guidance in the era of abundance, overall prosperity and redemption, known as the state (era) of Ge’ula, and to provide similar advice regarding the manner of execution for policy pertaining to this era. This policy may have consequences in all areas of governance including education and literacy, finance, economy, national security, health, foreign relations, the environment, and the technological developments, among other topics.
To carry out the policy pertaining to the state of Ge’ula, the following functions are hereby delegated to the Head of the OOR.
Head of the OOR:
1.1. shall advise the President on the preparation of government policy;
1.2. shall appraise the various programs and activities of the Federal government in light of the objectives declared in section 1 for the purpose of determining the extent to which such programs and activities are strengthening them, and shall make recommendations to the President with respect thereto;
1.3. shall formulate and recommend policies to foster and promote the values of the Ge’ula, including the values declared in section 1;
1.4. may nominate and by and, with the advice and consent of the President and the Senate, may suggest to appoint and cancel the appointment of: Ambassadors, other public secretaries and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law; the suggested nominations and cancellations shall be submitted by the Head of OOR to the President or to the Senior Advisor to the President of the United States Jared Kushner;
1.5. can issue and revoke rules and regulations, which have the binding force upon the Federal government, according to established procedures;
1.6. may require the opinion and/or written report of the principal in each of the executive departments, upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices;
1.7. may develop goals, strategies and tactical measures for all government offices and departments which will become binding after passing the mandatory procedures;
1.8. can control the formation and communication of domestic and foreign policy;
1.9. may constitute such advisory committees and may consult with such representatives of industry, agriculture, labor, consumers, state and local governments, and other groups, as deemed advisable;
1.10. may utilize to the fullest extent possible, the services, facilities and information (including statistical information) of other government agencies as well as of private research agencies, in order that duplication of effort and expense may be avoided.
Sec. 5. Administration.
a) The heads of executive departments and agencies shall, to the extent permitted by law, provide the Office of the Rebbe with information concerning their field of responsibility, when requested by the Head of the Office of the Rebbe.
b) The Office of the Rebbe may create standing subcommittees and ad hoc groups, including advisory groups to assist the Office of the Rebbe.
c) To enable the Office of the Rebbe to exercise its functions, the Head of the OOR will appoint his staff of aids, advisors, and assistants. The Office of the Rebbe is authorized to employ, and fix the compensation of such specialists and other experts as may be necessary for the carrying out of its functions and determine the workload and schedule for all of its members.
d) To enable the Office of the Rebbe to exercise its functions, there are authorized to be appropriated (except for the salaries of the members and the salaries of officers and employees of the OOR) additional expenses as may be necessary.
e) Funding and administrative support for the Office of the Rebbe shall be provided by the federal budget to the extent permitted by law and within existing appropriations.
Sec. 6. Location.
The headquarters of the Office of the Rebbe will be chosen by the Head of the Office of the Rebbe. The temporary headquarters of the Office of the Rebbe shall be located in the White House, room ______________.
Sec. 7. Termination. The Office of the Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneersohn, shall terminate 1 year from the date of this order unless extended by the President of the United States.
Sec. 8. General Provisions.
(a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof.
(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.