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Program C: Contact Assistance

Program Authorization: La. Revised Statutes, Title 29, Sections 251-262, as Amended

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Contact Assistance Program in the Department of Veterans Affairs is to aid all veterans and/or their dependents to receive any and all benefits to which they are entitled to under the laws of the United States and the states thereof.

The goals of the Contact Assistance Program in the Department of Veterans Affairs are:

  1. Ensure that all potential eligibles are aware of benefits provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
  2. Inform Louisiana veterans, their dependents, and the public of federal and state veterans' benefits.
  3. Assist applicants in applying for and securing all benefits to which they may be entitled.
  4. Provide counseling for all servicemen, servicewomen, and their dependents who feel they have a claim against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, any branch of service, and any other federal agency.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Unless otherwise indicated, all objectives are to be accomplished during or by the end of FY 1999-2000. Performance indicators are made up of two parts: name and value. The indicator name describes what is being measured. The indicator value is the numeric value or level achieved within a given measurement period. For budgeting purposes, performance indicator values are shown for the prior fiscal year, the current fiscal year, and alternative funding scenarios (continuation budget level and Executive Budget recommendation level) for the ensuing fiscal year (the fiscal year of the budget document).

 

 

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with State General Fund and Fees and Self-generated Revenues. The Fees and Self-generated Revenues are derived from each parish's 25% share of providing a veterans service office.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$1,329,992

$1,783,394

56

 

ACT 19 FISCAL YEAR 1998-1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$0

0

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

$1,329,992

$1,783,394

56

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET November 20, 1998

$33,133

$33,133

0

 

Annualization of FY 1998-1999 Classified State Employees Merit Increase

$28,140

$28,140

0

 

Classified State Employees Merit Increases for FY 1999-2000

$0

$27,545

0

 

Acquisitions and Major Repairs

($23,423)

($23,423)

0

 

Nonrecurring Acquisitions and Major Repairs

$600

$33,506

0

 

Salary Base Adjustment

($20,000)

($42,950)

0

Attrition Adjustment

$19,731

$31,006

0

Other Adjustments To adequately fund operating expenses

$34,590

$0

0

Means of Financing Substitution Replace fees and self-generated revenue with general fund to comply with Act 531 of the 1974 Legislative Session mandating a 75/25 funding ratio between the state and parish claims offices

 

 

 

 

 

$1,402,763

$1,870,351

56

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$72,771

$86,957

0

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 104.8% of the existing operating budget. It represents 85.1% of the total request ($3,196,815) for this program. The net increase for this program is primarily due to the funding of operating expenses to an adequate level.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

This program does not have funding for Professional Services for Fiscal Year 1999-2000.

OTHER CHARGES

This program does not have funding for Other Charges for Fiscal Year 1999-2000.

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$27,545

 

Replacement of office equipment

 

 

 

$27,545

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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