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Program A: Administration

Program Authorization: R.S. 42:1101 et seq. (Code of Governmental Ethics); R.S. 18:1481 et seq. (Campaign Finance Disclosure Act); R.S. 18:41 et seq. (Campaign Finance Disclosure Act); R.S. 24:50 et seq. (Lobbyist Registration and Disclosure Act)

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Administration Program is to administer and to enforce Louisiana's conflicts of interest legislation, campaign finance registration and reporting requirements, and lobbyist registration and disclosure laws to achieve compliance by governmental officials, public employees, candidates, and lobbyists; and to provide public access to disclosed information.

The goals of the Administration Program are:

  1. Improve the level of education and awareness by public servants in order to ensure compliance with conflicts of interest standards, campaign finance disclosure requirements and lobbyist registration and disclosure requirements.
  2. Improve the efficiency of the staff in handling matters to be presented to the board in a timely manner.
  3. Enhance timely public access to disclosed information.
  4. Ensure that elected officials respect the laws they are to uphold and are persons of integrity, sound judgment, reliability, and seriousness of purpose by detecting and deterring drug abuse.

The Administration Program provides staff support to the Board of Ethics. This includes clerical, budget, administrative, personnel, legal, educational, training, data processing, and technical support with respect to: (1) implementing a broad-based information distribution and education program; (2) rendering advisory opinions; (3) conducting field investigations and preparing investigation reports; (4) conducting public hearings; (5) defending the Board of Ethics in litigation at all state and federal levels; (6) developing, publishing, and distributing forms and information material and booklets to candidates, political committees, lobbyists, and other persons required to comport with the provision of the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act (CFDA) and Lobbyist Registration and Disclosure Act (LRDA); (7) receiving, copying, indexing, recording, and monitoring disclosure reports and related forms and materials; (8) receiving electronically filed disclosure reports through Internet or diskette; receiving, logging, indexing, and scanning all disclosure reports for Internet access; (9) auditing and related compliance examination of CFDA and LRDA reports as well as other disclosure reports filed; )10) developing and administering both adjudication and litigation procedures for redressing violations and otherwise ensuring compliance with CFDA and LRDA requirements; (11) administering the random drug testing of elected officials according to the rules adopted by the Board of Ethics; and (12) providing training and educational services to the elected officials, public employees, and the general public on the provisions of the laws administered by the Board of Ethics.

 

 

The Board of Ethics is statutorily mandated by Section 1158 of the Ethics Code to establish the Board of Ethics Computerized Data Management System. On behalf of the board, the Administration Program provides technical support to manage and maintain the Board of Ethics Computerized Data Management System to facilitate the electronic filing and provide on-line computer access to disclosure reports filed with the Board of Ethics. All disclosure reports filed with the board are scanned so that the reports are accessible to the general public via the Internet. Also, the Administration Program is responsible for providing education material, information, training and seminars on the laws administered by the Board of Ethics to public servants, candidates, political committees, lobbyists, and the general public.

The Board of Ethics is statutorily mandated to implement a program for the random drug testing of elected officials by Section 1116.1 of the Ethics Code. The Administration Program is responsible for administering the drug testing program in accordance with the rules promulgated by the Board of Ethics. The rules for the Board of Ethics establish guidelines to test 10% of the elected officials the first year, increasing by 5% every year thereafter. Also, the rules require that elected officials receive the note of their duty to report to a collection site by commercial delivery service. The statute mandating the random drug testing of elected officials was enacted in the 1997 Regular Legislative Session and became effective October 20, 1998. However, the constitutionality of the drug testing of elected officials was challenged successfully in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

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 by State General Fund and Fees and Self-generated Revenue. The Fees and Self-generated Revenue are derived from filing fees for all political action committees authorized by R.S. 18:1505: funds collected for providing copies of Campaign Finance Disclosure reports, transcripts, etc.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$1,139,925

$1,224,925

23

 

ACT 19 FISCAL YEAR 1998-1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$69,993

$69,993

0

 

Carry forward of a professional services contract for computer consultant and computer equipment

 

 

 

 

 

$1,209,918

$1,294,918

23

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET November 20, 1998

 

 

 

 

 

$50,553

$50,553

0

 

Annualization of FY 1998 -1999 Classified State Employees Merit Increase

$13,676

$13,676

0

 

Classified State Employees Merit Increases for FY 1999 -2000

$5,907

$5,907

0

 

Risk Management Adjustment

$23,688

$23,688

0

 

Acquisitions and Major Repairs

($4,442)

($4,442)

0

 

Nonrecurring Acquisitions and Major Repairs

($69,993)

($69,993)

0

 

Nonrecurring Carry Forwards of a professional services contract for computer consultant and computer equipment

($21,628)

($21,628)

0

Salary Base Adjustment

($15,568)

($15,568)

0

 

Attrition Adjustment

$493

$493

0

 

Civil Service Fees

$4,803 

$4,803 

0

 

Other Annualizations Computer maintenance expenses partially funded in FY 98-99

$43,765

$43,765

0

 

Other Adjustments - Expenses associated with 1999 elections

$7,951

$7,951

0

 

Other Adjustments - Civil Service training series promotions

         

$1,249,123

$1,334,123

23

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$39,205

$39,205

0

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 103.0% of the existing operating budget. It represents 87.5% of the total request ($1,524,142) for this program. Significant adjustments include: increased funding for salaries and related benefits, increased funding for risk management premiums, increased acquisitions funding, annualization of computer maintenance expenses, increased funding for election expenses, and removal of nonrecurring carry forward of a professional services contract and computer equipment.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$30,000

 

Computer consultant to provide technical assistance of local area network for electronic filing of campaign finance report

$1,381

 

Legal expenses for the preparation of transcripts of hearings as required by Appeals Courts

$11,087

 

Vendor to collect samples to perform drug tests on elected officials

 

 

 

$42,468

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

$113,977

 

Computer maintenance for electronic filing and internet

 

 

 

$113,977

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

 

 

 

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$2,340

 

Civil Service/CPTP pro rata share of expenses

 

 

 

$2,340

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$23,688

 

Computer and office equipment

 

 

 

$23,688

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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