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Program A: Legal and Regulatory Compliance

Program Authorization: R.S. 30:2011

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Legal and Regulatory Compliance Program is to promote regulatory and statutory adequacy and compliance through the development, enforcement and prosecution of Louisiana's environmental laws and regulations and through the issuance of legally sound permit and enforcement actions, which will serve the department, the regulated community, and the public. It is the goal of this program to administer statutorily required services to various offices in the department to ensure the effectiveness of Louisiana's environmental laws and regulations. There are three activities in this program: Legal Services, Investigations, and Regulations Development.

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 Fees and Self-generated Revenues and Statutory Dedications. The Fees and Self-generated Revenues are derived from the sale of the Environmental Regulatory Code, photocopies, etc. Statutory Dedications are from the Environmental Trust Fund (ETF). (Per R.S. 39:32B. (8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each Statutory Dedicated fund.) The ETF consists of all fees assessed pursuant to the authority granted in R.S. 30:2014, R.S. 39:55.2 and any other provisions of the law authorizing the department to assess a fee. Such fees are used only for the purposes for which they are assessed.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$3,623,153

60

 

ACT 19 FISCAL YEAR 1998-1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$0

0

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$3,623,153

60

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - November 20, 1998

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$37,740

0

 

Annualization of FY 1998 – 1999 Classified State Employees Merit Increase

$0

$46,184

0

 

Classified State Employees Merit Increases for FY 1999 – 2000

$0

($24,039)

0

 

Risk Management Adjustment

$0

($116,699)

0

 

Acquisitions and Major Repairs

$0

($20,985)

0

 

Salary Base Adjustment

$0

($33,267)

(1)

 

Personnel Reductions

$0

$529

0

 

Civil Service Fees

$0

$25,545

0

 

Other Annualizations – 4 positions added during FY 99 Budget Process for the remaining 3 months worth of funding

$0

$24,822

0

Other Adjustments – Adjustment(s) for automatic upgrades, reallocations and training series

         

$0

$3,562,983

59

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

$0

($60,170)

(1)

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 98.3% of the existing operating budget. It represents 96.0% of the total request ($3,721,379) for this program. The 2% decrease is due to risk management, acquisitions/major repairs, salary base adjustment and personnel reductions. This program has one (1) position that has been vacant for 1 year or more.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$20,000

 

Reporting Services Funding provided for recording depositions during the process of discovery during an appeal and testimony from witnesses during hearings

$15,000

 

Medical Exams – Funding provided for Investigations and Regulatory Development personnel to detect possible human contamination from exposures to work related activities

$4,000

 

Court Reporting – Funding provided for recording depositions during the process of discovery during an appeal and testimony from witnesses hearings

$62,943

 

Lab Analysis – Funding provided for lab analysis of various types of samples as an integral part of the criminal environmental enforcement

$4,000

 

Aerial Photography Project – to provide data that will be used in the determination of alleged violators’ impact on the environment

$2,500

 

Computer Programming – update WordPerfect Production System used for publishing the Environmental Regulatory Code

$6,000

 

Evidence Gathering and Preservation – Evidence gathering and preservation for the sole source of contracts for excavation, detection, removal, and storage of hazardous waste and substances to be used as evidence in potential criminal investigations

     

$114,443

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$7,348

 

Department of Civil Service for personnel services

$962

 

Division of Administration - Comprehensive Public Training Program (CPTP) for training services

$60,000

 

Division of Administration - State Register for publication of rules, etc.

 

 

 

$68,310

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$42,990

 

Library reference materials, file cabinets, desktop tape recorder/transcriber with 4 microphones, etc.

 

 

 

$42,990

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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