Bill Text - SB407 (2012)

(New Title) relative to the purchasing policy of the department of information technology and relative to the transfer of federal grant funds.


Revision: March 30, 2012, midnight

SB 407-FN – AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE

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2012 SESSION

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09/01

SENATE BILL 407-FN

AN ACT relative to the purchasing policy of the department of information technology and relative to the transfer of federal grant funds.

SPONSORS: Sen. Bradley, Dist 3

COMMITTEE: Finance

AMENDED ANALYSIS

This bill amends the purchasing policy of the department of information technology for computer hardware, software, and related support and maintenance services. The bill also authorizes the transfer of certain federal grant funds.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

03/28/12 1415s

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09/01

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twelve

AN ACT relative to the purchasing policy of the department of information technology and relative to the transfer of federal grant funds.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1 Department of Information Technology; Duties of Commissioner. Amend RSA 21-R:4, XII to read as follows:

XII. Developing, in concert with the department of administrative services, director of plant and property management, specifications for the procurement of computer [equipment and] hardware, software, related licenses, media, documentation, support and maintenance services, and other related services.

2 Department of Information Technology; Purchasing Policy. The introductory paragraph of RSA 21-R:8-a, I is repealed and reenacted to read as follows:

I. Purchases of computer hardware, software, related licenses, media, documentation, support and maintenance services, and other related services that require an expenditure of $500 or less, or that are included on an approved standards list established by the department and require an expenditure of more than $500, up to $5,000, may be made by an agency without the approval of the chief information officer or his or her designee. To ensure that the procurement is consistent with the state information technology plan, no purchase of computer hardware, software, related licenses, media, documentation, support and maintenance services, and other related services, that requires an expenditure of more than $5,000, or any such purchase that is not included on an approved standards list established by the department which requires an expenditure of more than $500, up to $5,000, shall be made by an agency without the approval of the chief information officer or his or her designee:

3 Department of Administrative Services; Division of Plant and Property Management. Amend RSA 21-I:11, XI-XII to read as follows:

XI. Requiring, prior to an agency's submission of a request for purchase of computer hardware, software, related licenses, media, documentation, [and standard off-site] support and maintenance [generally offered to the public for such computer hardware or software exceeding $500 in total cost] services, and other related services that either require an expenditure of more than $5,000, or involve a purchase that is not on an approved standards list established by the department of information technology which requires an expenditure of more than $500, up to $5,000, that the agency obtain approval of the proposal by the chief information officer or his or her designee to ensure that the procurement is consistent with the state information technology plan.

XII. Requiring agencies to submit the approval [from] issued under RSA 21-R:8-a, I by the chief information officer or his or her designee in support of requests for purchases of [information technology equipment or software in excess of $500] computer hardware, software, related licenses, media, documentation, support and maintenance services, and other related services that either require an expenditure of more than $5,000, or involve a purchase that is not on an approved standards list established by the department of information technology which requires an expenditure of more than $500, up to $5,000.

4 New Section; Budget and Appropriations. Amend RSA 9 by inserting after section 16-b the following new section:

9:16-c Transfer of Federal Grant Funds.

I. In order to maximize the use of federal grant funds and to avoid lapsing such funds where changes in the state or federal accounting systems, changes in federal grant guidelines, or overestimation or underestimation of funds required in various class codes due to program needs or requirements have occurred subsequent to the passage of the budget, every department as defined in RSA 9:1 may, subject to the prior approval of the fiscal committee of the general court and the approval of governor and council, transfer funds in or out of any class code and to create new class codes within federally funded areas of the department’s operating budget if such transfers do not result in an over-expenditure of any grant.

II. In order to maximize the use of federal grant funds and not lapse such funds, every department as defined in RSA 9:1 may, subject to the approval of the commissioner of the department of administrative services, carry forward into future state fiscal years any budgeted appropriation balances in class from federal grants for the duration of the federal grant award.

5 Repeal. 2011, 224:203, and 2011, 224:204 relative to the transfer of federal funds are repealed.

6 Effective Date. This act shall take effect July 1, 2013.

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SB 407 FISCAL NOTE

AN ACT relative to the purchasing policy of the department of information technology and relative to the transfer of federal grant funds.

FISCAL IMPACT:

      The Joint Board of Licensure and Certification, Real Estate Commission, Department of Health and Human Services, and Department of Safety state this bill have an indeterminable impact on state revenues and expenditures in FY 2012 and each year thereafter. There will be no impact on county and local revenues or expenditures.

METHODOLOGY:

    The Joint Board of Licensure and Certification (Joint Board) and Real Estate Commission (Commission) state this bill establishes the Office of Professional Licensure (Office) and will have an indeterminable impact on state expenditures. The Joint Board and Commission state costs will include, but are not limited to, compensation expenses for the new unclassified director position and other costs associated with the establishment of the Office, such as relocation and information technology expenses. In addition, the Commission states this bill would convert its unclassified executive director position to a classified administrator II position. Under RSA 94:9, unclassified employees shall receive upon such cessation of employment three days' salary for each year of employment in or unclassified service. According to the Department this change would be treated as a separation from the unclassified position and be rehired to the classified position, which would result in an expenditure under RSA 94:9 of $32,119 in FY 2014.

    The Department of Health and Human Services states it currently performs certain administrative functions for several administratively attached professional licensing boards, and charges said boards for such services and under this bill several of those boards would be transferred to the Office of Professional Licensure. The Department states the functions are currently performed by one part-time employee who also performs other duties within the Department. The Department’s budget includes annual revenues from said boards of approximately $10,400 per year. Under this bill the Department would reduce its costs by this amount or utilize the part-time employee in functions funded by other sources, as it assumes the Office will perform the functions currently performed by this employee. The Department assumes employees of the boards and councils being transferred will move to the Office and will have no net fiscal impact.

    The Department of Safety states this bill transfers plumbers’ board and electricians’ board clerical and administrative functions to a newly established Office of Professional Licensure. The Department states under this bill revenue that funds the electrical inspectors will be deposited into the fire standards and training and emergency medical services fund (Fire & EMS Fund), with revenue in excess of actual operating expenses of the inspectors deposited into the state general fund. The Department is unable to estimate this increase to state general fund revenue. The Department also states under this bill four clerical positions, which are currently funded with general funds and agency income, would be transferred to the Office. The Department assumes these four positions would become entirely funded by general funds within the Office. In total, the Department states this bill would result in an increase to state general fund revenues and expenditures as well as a decrease to other fund revenues and expenditures.

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