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Program A: Executive

Program Authorization: R.S. 36:351

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

It is the mission of the Executive Program to provide administrative guidance and assistance and natural resource policy information for all of the offices and activities within the Department of Natural Resources. It is the goal of this program to ensure that the operations of the Department of Natural Resources are conducted in the best interests of the state of Louisiana. The activities in this program are Administration, Technology Assessment, and Oilfield Site Restoration.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

1. The Executive Program will ensure that the other programs in the Department of Natural Resources achieve their goals and objectives.

2. The Executive Program will provide technical assistance to the secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and the legislature on critical natural resource issues.

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with General Fund Direct, Interagency Transfers, Self-generated Revenues, Statutory Dedications and Federal Funds. The source of the Interagency Transfer is from the various offices within the Department of Natural Resources for administrative services. The Fees and Self-generated Revenues are from insurance settlements. The Statutory Dedications are from the Oilfield Site Restoration Fund (Act 404 of 1993) for the cost of administering this activity and reclamation of the land. (Per R.S. 39:32B. (8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund.) The Federal Funds are from Federal Energy Settlements and are utilized for energy conservation purposes.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$756,524

$7,296,324

19

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$4,000,000

0

 

Continuation of clean-up of abandoned oilfield sites and reclamation of the land from the Oilfield Site Restoration Fund (Act 404 of 1993)

 

 

 

 

 

$756,524

$11,296,324

19

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

$0

($92,184)

0

 

Non-recurring Adjustment(s) for the Ecogas contract

$0

($1,500,000)

0

 

Non-recurring adjustment(s) in the Federal Oil Spill Contingency Fund

($6,850)

($6,850)

0

 

Equipment/Major Repairs Adjustment(s) (Non-recurring: -$6,850)

$23,052

$23,052

0

 

Annualization of 1997 -'98 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$11,490

$11,490

0

 

1998 -'99 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

($131,566)

($131,566)

(1)

 

Personnel Reduction(s)

$18,877

$18,877

0

 

Attrition Adjustment(s)

($4,089)

($4,089)

0

 

Retirement Rate Adjustment(s)

($45,509)

($45,509)

0

 

Retirees Group Insurance Adjustment(s)

 

 

 

 

 

$621,929

$9,569,545

18

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

($134,595)

          ($1,726,779)

(1)

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 84.7% of the existing operating budget. It represents 93.4% of the total request ($10,251,336) for this program. The 15.3% decrease is primarily due to the reduction of Federal Funds in the Oil Spill Contingency Fund and the cancellation of the Ecogas contract. This program does not have any positions that have been vacant for 1 year or more.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$10,000

 

Avant and Falcon - legal assistance to the department in employee appeals and civil rights actions

$45,400

 

Jack R. Brown - legal assistance to the department for injections and mining matters

$37,923

 

Strain, Dennis, Mayhal, et.al. - legal assistance in developing the Louisiana Abandon Mine Land (AML) Work Plan, Post Mining Erosion Control Plan, and Reclamation Plan Assessments

$86,232

 

To provide legal assistance and management consulting services to the Department on various matters, including environmental mitigation, oil and gas regulatory, coastal erosion, etc.

$49,061

 

Consulting firm to establish regulations and investigate wells in order to prepare bid packages for the La. Oilfield Site Restoration - Act 404 of 1993

$24,900

 

Consulting firm to provide programmatic and technical assistance relative to site cleanup for the La. Oilfield Site Restoration - Act 404 of 1993

$66,135

 

Acadiana Reporting Services - to provide court reporting/transcriptions of hearings conducted by the Office of Conservation

$17,202

 

Funding provided for soil testing

$50,000

 

Funding provided for Real Estate Section Services

 

 

 

$386,853

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

$7,773,666

 

Funds collected for the restoration of oilfield site locations in association with Act 404 of the 1993 Regular Session including legal professional services to recoup site restoration expenses

$36,100

 

Act 233 of 1984 directed the Orleans Levee Board to return the Bohemia Spillway land to the entities who had given title to it pursuant to earlier legislation. It also charged the Department of Natural Resources to certify ownership. $36,100 in General Fund is provided to make final disposition of all claims

$14,241

 

Technology Assessment - Federal Energy Settlement Funds for Energy Education activity

 

 

 

$7,824,007

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

 

 

 

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$385,959

 

Office of Conservation for Oilfield Site Restoration activities

 

 

 

$385,959

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

This program does not have funding for Acquisitions and Major Repairs for Fiscal Year 1998-1999.


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