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Program A: Administration

Program Authorization: R.S. 30:2011

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

As the managerial branch of the Department, the mission of the Administration Program will facilitate achievement of environmental improvements by coordinating the other program offices' work to reduce quantity and toxicity of emissions, by representing the Department when dealing with external agencies, and by promoting initiatives that serve a broad environmental mandate. The Administration Program fosters improved relationships with DEQ's customers, including community relationships and relations with other governmental agencies. The Administration Program reviews program objectives and budget priorities to assure they are in keeping with DEQ mandates. The goal of the Administration Program is to enable the Department to provide the people of Louisiana with comprehensive environmental protection in order to promote and protect health, safety and welfare while considering sound economic development and employment policies. The activities in this program are: Executive Staff, Technical Program Support and Emergency Response.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

The Administration Program provides leadership to the Department of Environmental Quality. The success of this program is reflected in the success of the other programs in the Department of Environmental Quality. Performance information consistent with this program's strategic plan and with the statewide model for administration programs will be reported next year.

1. The Department of Environmental Quality and the Office of Planning and Budget do not agree upon a mutually acceptable objective for this performance information.

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

The Administrative program is funded with Fees and Self-Generated Revenues, Statutory Dedications and Federal Funds. The Fees and Self-generated Revenues are derived from registration fees paid by participants in seminars conducted by the department. Statutory Dedications are derived from the Environmental Trust Fund (ETF) and the Waste Tire Management Fund. (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 pursuant to the authority granted in R.S. 30:2014, R.S. 39:55.2 and any other provisions of law authorizing the department to assess fees. Such fees are used only for the purposes for which they are assessed. The Waste Tire Management Fund consists of fees assessed pursuant to the authority granted in R.S. 30:2418, R.S. 39:55.2 and any other provisions of the law authorizing the department to assess fees. These fees are utilized only for the purposes for which they are assessed. Federal Funds consist of miscellaneous grants issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for contractual and operational costs associated with: Environmental Leadership Pollution Prevention Program; Louisiana Technical Assistance Program (LA. TAP) Phase II; and Pollution Prevention in Publicly Owned Treatment Works.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$3,270,384

28

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$0

0

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$3,270,384

28

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

$0

($3,421)

0

 

Non-Recurring Adjustment for an interagency transfer for the Department of Civil Service, Division of Administrative Law Judges

$0

($78,200)

0

 

Equipment/Major Repairs Adjustment(s) (Nonrecurring: -$246,500)

$0

$20,017

0

 

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

$0

$18,837

0

 

1998 -'99 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$0

$235

0

 

Adjustment(s) for Civil Service, Training and Other Statewide Interagency Transfer Activities

$0

$115,745

0

 

Risk Management Adjustment(s)

$0

$1,150

0

 

Rent in State-owned Buildings Adjustment(s)

$0

$44,118

0

 

Funding provided for Incumbent Adjustments and Automatic Upgrades

$0

$6,500

0

 

Funding provided for overtime pay for the Emergency Response Team - any employee who works in the emergency response division who accumulates over 480 hours in K-time must be compensated per CFR 553.21(A)

$0

$274,123

7

 

Transfers the Audit Services Section to the Office of the Secretary from the Office of Management and Finance

$0

$50,000

0

 

New/Expanded funding for contracting an EPA Certified laboratory to perform lab analysis as needed by the Emergency Response personnel during investigations

$0

$61,135

1

 

New/Expanded funding provided for one (1) Environmental Specialist position to work in the Acadian Regional Office to greatly reduce the excessive workload being handled by an employee in the Southwest Regional office

$0

$158,200

3

 

New/Expanded funding provided for three (3) positions for a Public Information Section-These employees will act as liaisons between the department and the general public.

$0

          $3,938,823

39

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$668,439

11

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 120% of the existing operating budget. It represents 103% of the total request ($3,821,693) for this program. This increase is primarily due to transferring the Audit Services Section from the Office of Management and Finance, Risk Management adjustments, funding provided for 1 Environmental Specialist position to work in the Acadian Regional Office to reduce the workload and 3 positions for the Public Information Section to act as liaisons between the department and the general public. This program does not have any positions that have been vacant for 1 year or more.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$30,000

 

Legal Services contract for writing legislation and other legal services as specified by the Secretary of the Department

$70,000

 

Contract for Risk Assessment - to evaluate conditions and threats to determine their risk to human health and the environment

$102,288

 

Contract for Environmental Justice - investigate issues concerning environmental justice matters relative to DEQ's programs with respect to resident populations who do not have economic resources to participate in environmental decision making

 

 

$40,000

 

Contract to research and evaluate Environmental Justice issues and equities across the state

$15,000

 

Contract for training and consulting on pollution prevention (Louisiana Technical Assistance Program)

$39,970

 

Contract for design expertise and preparation of official documents and reports including the annual Toxic Release Inventory Study

$35,000

 

Environmental Leadership Phase 2 - include more small industries statewide, initiate a training program within DEQ to incorporate principles into media offices and expand the current DEQ/Department of Defense initiative to promote environmental leadership at federal facilities

$8,800

 

Medical Exams - for Emergency Response Personnel to detect possible human contamination from exposures to work related activities

$50,000

 

Contract to provide laboratory analysis for samples taken to determine disposal of abandoned chemicals

 

 

 

$391,058

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

$165,000

 

DEQ Seminars given statewide to educate and inform the public of environmental matters

$100,000

 

Federal grant for Environmental Leadership Pollution Prevention Program Phase I - establishes a voluntary reduction program for toxic chemicals

$119,384

 

Federal grant for Environmental Leadership Pollution Prevention Program Phase II - continue the pollution prevention program by increasing industry incentives, training DEQ personnel and soliciting participation of federal agencies

$30,000

 

Federal grant for Pollution Prevention in Publicly Owned Treatment Works - to assist publicly owned treatment works in implementing pollution prevention techniques

$30,000

 

Environmental Leadership Implementation Coordinator - Liaison for the Environmental Leadership Program

$40,000

 

Integration of Pollution Prevention Phase II into Outreach Programs - To provide Phase II training and interface with Phase II programs to achieve source reductions; this effort supplements the department's permitting and compliance assistance endeavors

$250,000

 

Environmental Emergency Response - to provide cleanup of hazardous waste, spills, and contamination in emergency situations. To be paid to companies or persons available to provide cleanup at the current time

 

 

 

$734,384

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

 

 

 

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$50,000

 

Department of Economic Development for the salary and related expenses for one position to match recycling industries with available recycled materials

$12,760

 

Department of Civil Service - for Administrative Law Division

$270

 

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

$1,150

 

Division of Administration - Rent in State owned buildings (Shreveport Office Building)

$2,884

 

Department of Civil Service for personnel services

 

 

 

$67,064

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$195,400

 

Replacement of two (2) vehicles, library reference materials, one (1) new vehicle, organic vapor monitor, and major repairs to an aircraft, etc.

 

 

 

$195,400

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

13 DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY


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