An Act Implementing Provisions of the Budget Concerning General Government
Structure and Operation
The act establishes an Office of Governmental Accountability (OGA), with an executive administrator as its head, to provide consolidated personnel, payroll, affirmative action, and administrative and business office functions, including information technology associated with these functions, for nine consolidated state agencies. Note that each agency in OGA retains its independent decision-making authority, including for budgetary and employment decisions.
The consolidated agencies are the:
Board of Firearms Permit Examiners (BFPE)
Freedom of Information Commission (FOIC)
Judicial Review Council (JRC)
Judicial Selection Commission (JSC)
Office of the Child Advocate (OCA)
Office of State Ethics (OSE)
Office of the Victim Advocate (OVA) and
State Contracting Standards Board (SCSB).
State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC)
The act establishes a Governmental Accountability Commission (GAC) within OGA and makes it responsible for (1) recommending candidates for OGA executive administrator to the governor and (2) terminating the executive administrator's employment, if necessary.
Governmental Accountability Commission
The nine-member GAC consists of the following or their designees: (1) the chairpersons of the Citizen's Ethics Advisory Board, SEEC, FOIC, JSC, BFPE, SCSB; (2) the JRC executive director; (3) the Child Advocate; and (4) the Victim Advocate.
Governmental Accountability Executive Administrator
Under the act, by August 1, 2011, the GAC must give the governor a list of at least three candidates for the initial executive administrator appointee; by September 1, 2011, the governor must make the appointment. The executive administrator serves a four-year term or until a successor is appointed and qualifies, and may be reappointed. The appointment is subject to confirmation by either house of the General Assembly. The GAC is responsible for terminating the executive administrator's employment, if necessary