Legislative, Judicial, Executive
1. Augmentation for Appellate Court Security. It is the intent
Legislature that the
$700,000 augmentation included in the 1996 Budget Act for security in the appellate
courts be granted on a limited-term basis through 1997-98. A new request for funding
after 1997-98 shall be submitted and justified to the Legislature. The Judicial Council
shall report to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and the Legislature's fiscal committees by January 31, 1997, on the following:
(a) implementation of the enhanced appellate court security system; (b) deployment of security resources by court; (c) data regarding reports of security threats, incidents, and investigations, by court; (d) potential savings resulting from the enhanced system; and (e) any models or recommendations for appellate court security operations that are developed by national court or security organizations. The Judicial Council should report the data on security threats, incidents, and investigations in a way that does not jeopardize public safety in any way.
2. Consistency Standards for Court-Appointed Counsel Program. The Judicial Council shall develop consistency standards for measuring the experience and qualifications of private attorneys handling indigent defense appeals, and for measuring the complexity of cases received by the Court-Appointed Counsel Program. The council shall also use the standards and rankings to develop an incentive system to retain experienced attorneys in the program. The council shall report to the Legislature's fiscal committees by January 1, 1997 regarding the implementation of the standards and the incentive system.
Item 0505-001-0001--Department of Information Technology
1. Reporting to the Legislature. The Department of Informa tion Technology (DOIT) shall, in reporting to the Legislature in accordance with Ch 508/95, specifically address the following activities: (a) the use of independent verification and validation experts to assure the success of information technology projects, (b) conversion of state computer programs to accommodate the year 2000, and (c) the state's use of the Internet.
2. Notifying the Legislature. The DOIT, in coordination with the Department of Finance (DOF), shall ensure that legislative notification requirements regarding information technology projects, which were contained in the State Administrative Manual prior to the department's creation, shall be retained and modified only to reflect the transfer of oversight authority from the DOF to the DOIT.
3. Revising Information Technology Projects. When revising an information technology project within any legislatively approved departmental budget, when the cumulative amount of change within the fiscal year in which the revision is being made exceeds $500,000, or 10 percent, but not less than $100,000, of the amount budgeted in this act and when such revision or revisions require an increase in the project cost or the department's budget during the current or any subsequent fiscal year, departments and agencies shall not amend any contractual obligation that would commit the state to such increased costs without approval of the DOF and not until written notification from the DOF is submitted to the Chair of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and the chairperson of the budget committee in each house at least 30 days prior to approving such revision(s), or not sooner than whatever lesser time the chairperson of the joint committee, or his or her designee, may in each instance determine. All notifications shall: (a) include an explanation of the necessity and rationale for each proposed revision, (b) identify the fiscal benefit, including any cost savings and/or increased revenue of each proposed revision, and (c) identify the funding source for the project.
Item 0520-001-0001--Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency
1. Housing Task Force. The Business, Transportation and
Agency shall report to the Legislature on January 1, 1997 on the implementation status
of the recommendations contained in the Report of the Housing Task
February 17, 1996 and the Housing Task Force Final Report, June 26, 1995.
Item 0540-001-0001--Secretary for Resources
1. California Environmental Resources Evaluation System (CERES) Plan. By January 1, 1997, the Secretary for Resources shall submit to the Legislature's fiscal committees and the Joint Legislative Budget Committee a plan for making the databases listed in its CERES inventory accessible through the CERES to other state agencies and local governments, and to the private sector, where appropriate. The plan shall describe (a) a schedule for making the databases in that inventory accessible, (b) the projected levels of funding necessary to make databases accessible and potential sources for that funding, including user fees, and (c) recommendations for protecting confidential data. The departments and agencies under the Resources Agency shall assist in the development of the plan.
Item 0555-001-0044--Secretary for Environmental Protection
1. Permissible Loans of Employees. An employee from a department or board within the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal-EPA) may be loaned or temporarily assigned to work for or at the agency only if such temporary assignment or loan fully complies with the rules governing the temporary assignment or loan of employees between agencies which are prescribed by the State Personnel Board (SPB), pursuant to Section 19050.8 of the Government Code, and are currently found in Sections 426 and 442 of Title 2, California Code of Regulations.
2. Quarterly Report on Loaned Employees. The Cal-EPA shall submit, within 30 days from the end of each 1996-97 fiscal quarter, to the Chair of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) and to the chairs of the Senate and Assembly fiscal subcommittees responsible for reviewing the budget of the agency, a report on the number of employees temporarily assigned or loaned in the previous three months to work for or at the agency from departments or boards within the agency. The reports shall contain the following information:
3. Quarterly Report on Employees Working for Agency's Interdepartmental Initiatives.The Cal-EPA shall submit, within 30 days from the end of each 1996-97 fiscal quarter, to the Chair of the JLBC and to the chairs of the Senate and Assembly fiscal subcommittees responsible for reviewing the budget of the agency, a report on the number of employees from departments or boards within the agency that, while technically not employees "loaned" to the agency, are working for initiatives which have been established by the agency, either administratively or pursuant to legislation, and involve the coordination and oversight by the agency of employees from two or more constituent departments or boards. Such initiatives include, among others, the California Environmental Technology Partnership and the permit assistance centers. The report shall include the following information:
4. Centers--Measures for Evaluation. In order that the Legislature may evaluate the effectiveness of the Permit Assistance Centers (PACs), the Cal-EPA shall submit, by September 1, 1996, a report to the Legislature identifying and describing the performance measures which have been developed for this evaluation. The performance measures shall, at a minimum, assess the impact of the PACs--compared to the current permitting process--on the costs and time involved in the permitting process for both the customer and regulatory agencies.
5. Permit Assistance Centers--Workload Justification. It is the intent of the Legislature that the Cal-EPA shall provide, as part of its budget proposal in 1997-98, information related to the support of the PACs including (a) data on appropriate performance measures for the evaluation of the effectiveness of PACs in providing customer assistance (such as time and cost savings for permittees) and (b) workload information which clarifies the funding sources and employee assignments at each center.
6. Permit Assistance Centers--Redirected Funding and Positions. The Cal-EPA, in cooperation with the Legislative Analyst's Office, shall submit to the JLBC by March 1, 1997 a report which identifies the total amount of funding and positions being redirected from other departments and boards to the PACs in support of this function. The report shall include a detailed description of the funding sources being utilized for the redirected resources; the funding sources for positions and operating expenses shall be identified by each contributing department and board. The report shall also identify all reimbursements which Cal-EPA receives from all other departments in support of the PACs. The reimbursements shall be identified by fund source and by department and board.
Item 0690-001-0001--Office of Emergency Services
1. Workload Management. The Office of Emergency Services (OES) shall: (a) By July 1, 1997, have implemented a time reporting system which tracks staff time by task; (b) by September 1, 1996, submitted to the necessary executive branch departments a completed proposal for the establishment of permanent classification(s) for disaster worker specialty services; (c) within 90 days following the enactment of the budget, have approved a staffing allocation plan, by work unit, for permanent and limited-term positions; and (d) by September 1, 1996, have developed workload measures which shall at a minimum be suitable for quantifying work in progress, projecting completion dates for assignments, and determining individual employee workloads.
2. Long Beach Public Safety Center (LBPSC). To the extent that the OES does not allocate $25 million from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) for seismic retrofit of the LBPSC in 1996-97, the OES shall provide the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) and the appropriate fiscal committee of each house no later than February 1, 1997, a report on the methodology by which the LBPSC was determined to not qualify for seismic retrofit grant funds.
3. Local Disaster Relief Expenditure Plan. The OES shall, within 90 days of the enactment of the Budget Act of 1996, provide the Legislature the office's plan for expending the amounts appropriated for payment of local disaster relief claims. The plan shall identify the specific projects for which claims are anticipated to be paid in 1996-97, and for each project listed, the estimated total amount of state funds to be paid for the project, and the amount anticipated to be expended in 1996-97. The office shall report quarterly to the Legislature on its progress toward fulfilling its expenditure plan, updating the plan as necessary so as to reflect with each quarterly report a current expenditure plan, and explaining significant changes reflected in the updated plan. The original plan and quarterly reports shall be provided to the chairpersons of the fiscal committees in each house of the Legislature, and the Chair of the JLBC.
Item 0820-001-0001--Department of Justice
1. Criminal History Disposition Backlog. The Department of Justice (DOJ) shall report to the legislative fiscal committees on December 31, 1996 on the status of the backlogs in the processing of the conviction history files and the Department of Corrections inmate fingerprints.
2. Sex Offender DNA Testing Backlog. The DOJ shall report to the legislative fiscal committees on December 31, 1996 on (a) the status of the backlog of DNA tests of sexual offenders and (b) the status of the automation of the DNA analysis system.
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