Program Authorization: R.S. 36:626
In a manner consistent with Article 4, Section 10, of the Louisiana Constitution of 1974, the mission of the Office of Management and Finance is to provide leadership and support services for the Office of the Commissioner and his immediate staff and for the other offices of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture. The program serves as a central manager for revenue, purchasing, payroll, and computer functions. It is also responsible for budget preparation, management of the department's funds, and distribution of food commodities donated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Office of Management and Finance strives to achieve the goal of fostering efficiency by maintaining low administrative costs and effectiveness by ensuring the success of all other departmental programs. The activities of this program are Administrative and Food Distribution Program.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
The Management and Finance Program provides leadership and support services to the Department of Agriculture and Forestry. The success of this program is reflected in the success of the other programs is reflected in the success of the other programs in the department. Performance information consistent with this program's strategic plan and with the statewide model for administration and support service programs will be reported next year.
1. The Management and Finance Program will reduce the administrative cost of the Food Distribution Program 1.5% during FY 1998-99.
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This program is funded with state general fund, interagency transfers, statutory dedications, fees & self-generated revenues, and federal funds. Interagency transfers are received from Civil Service for payment of office rent. Fees and self-generated revenues are derived from: (1) rental of office space to Group Benefits; and (2) miscellaneous insurance reimbursements. Statutory dedication funds are derived from tonnage fees on fertilizer and are dedicated to building an Agricultural Center. (Per R.S. 39:32B.(8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund.) Federal funds are the result of: (1) indirect costs received from federal programs within various offices, and (2) USDA - Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program for needy families.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 90.2% of the existing operating budget. It represents 91.3% of the total request ($14,863,352) for this program. The decrease is primarily associated with the decrease in risk management premiums and the removal of funding for nonrecurring rentals. Other adjustments contributing to the reduced funding include the removal of funding for nonrecurring acquisitions and a decrease in the retirement rate.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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