Program Authorization: R.S. 23:4
The mission of the Administration Program is to improve the effectiveness of the department's services by maximizing organizational efficiency and staff competence throughout the various divisions of the Department of Labor.
The goals of the Administration Program are:
1. Provide and communicate direction, leadership and vision for the Department of Labor.
2. Provide effective management for the department's programs to maximize the potential of the state's economy.
3. Actively involve the public in utilizing the department's services.
The Administration Program's main activities include: EDP-Electronic Data Processing, Management and Finance, and Secretary.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
The Administration Program provides leadership to the Department of Labor. The success of this program 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/support service programs will be reported next year.
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This program is funded with General Fund, Interagency Transfers, Fees and Self-Generated Revenues, Federal Funds. The General Fund will be used to pay the legislative auditor. The Department is unable to pay the legislative auditor with Federal Funds. The Interagency Transfers are from Video Draw Poker Device Fund (Aid to Local Governments scheduled to be distributed as the last of 5 payments for an adult settlement). The Fees and Self-Generated Revenues consist of monies collected as a 5% penalty (for a maximum of 5 months) and 1% per month interest assessed on employers who are delinquent in the payment of their contributions to the Unemployment Trust Fund. The money is placed in a special account in the State Treasury for costs which are not otherwise payable from Federal Funds. The Federal Funds are from indirect cost recovered from Employment Security Grants. These Federal Funds are granted to each employment security agency, under the Social Security Act. Operations are in accordance with federal rules and regulations.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
Implements Act 442 (establishes any monies credited to the account of this state in the unemployment trust fund may not be requisitioned from the state's account or used except for the payment of benefits and for expenses incurred), 1114 (allocated $500,000 for the Office of Information Services and $700,000 for Administration), 537 (allocates $1.8 million for property improvements and/or automation enhancements, etc), and 1053 (allocates $6 million for the Workforce Development Training Account and $2 million for the Employment Security Administration Fund)
Funding provided for the Occupational Information System including (21) positions which will be used to gather and compile data from all the training programs being funded. This function is critical to map the state's labor force today and plan for the future needs of businesses, but also to provide consumer information on all training programs available in Louisiana.
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 60.2% of the existing operating budget. It represents 70.0% of the total request ($14,265,161) for this program. The decrease is primarily due to reductions in various expenditures categories due to declining federal support and non-recurring acquisitions/major repairs. This program does not have any positions that have been vacant for 1 year or more.
Last of five payments to the federal government for an audit settlement payment from Vocational Education and from the Video Draw Poker Device Fund scheduled for disbursements to the City of New Orleans.
Wagner Peyser 7B Funds - the department will spend the bulk of the 7(b) funds on covering the continuing shortfall in salaries for employment services (ES) and unemployment insurance (UI). The balance of the funds will be used to help alleviate the labor shortage in the shipbuilding and petrochemical industries by promoting special training programs in a joint effort with the Department of Corrections. The Department is also looking into performance and incentive programs for our local offices based on their ability to place people in jobs.
Employment Security Grants are granted to each employment security agency, under the provision of the Social Security Act. The purpose of the grants is to defray administrative expenditures incurred in the operation of statewide unemployment insurance and employment service programs.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
Funding provided for the following equipment: IBM Enterprise Server Upgrade, EMC DASD Upgrade, Highlight Printer Intelligent Mail Inserter, Nearline-Silo Cartridge, Almis, Networking, Thin Client Win Frame, Halon System Enhancement and year 2000 compliance
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