Sponsor Statement for SB 76

An Act relating to long-term plans of certain state agencies

With declining state revenues, the governor and the legislature need a more rational, objective mechanism for establishing funding priorities. Those funding priorities should reflect a long-term focus on performance and accountability for expenditures.

Senate Bill 76 requires state government to engage in long-range planning. Second, it provides for the establishment of performance measures by which the Governor and Legislature can evaluate an agency's achievement of its goals and objectives under the long-range plan, assisting the Governor and Legislature to make better informed fiscal decisions. Third, the bill provides for reporting to the public of the long-range plans and agencies' performance measures and results.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will spearhead the administrative oversight function for the agencies' long-range planning effort. In the first year, three agencies will be chosen by OMB to participate in the new planning process, and the following year the rest of the agencies will come on line.

The development of long-term plans would follow this five point timeline.

(1) At the beginning of the calendar year, the Governor will develop statewide goals for strategic planning purposes. These goals will be used in developing agency goals.

(2) By May 1 of each year, the Governor issues state goals for long-term planning and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will provide economic and population data and forecasts to all departments.

(3) By July 1 of each year, OMB will review and approve the agencies' goals. OMB will develop forms and instructions for developing the long term plans and work with the agencies to develop measures of workload and results.

(4) By October 1 of each year, each agency will issue their long-term plan. The plan will cover six years from date of issue and include: a statement of goals; an analysis of workload and results of agency programs; an identification of the people served by the agency, their needs and how each will change; an analysis and projection of agency resources and how they are used; an explanation of expected changes in the agency due to new state or federal laws; the strategy for achieving the goals of the agency and improving program functions; and other information necessary for the long-term plan.

The Legislative Budget & Audit (LB&A) and OMB will review each plan, hold hearings and request additional agency information if necessary, in order to determine how each agency can best serve its consumer group.

(5) By December 15 of each year, OMB shall compile a comprehensive six year state long-range plan of the agencies. Any duplication of services or inefficiencies of service could then be examined and proposed to the legislature for elimination or improvement.

By requiring long-range agency plans consisting of goals, performance measures, and reporting of results, and utilizing them yearly in the budget process, we can better prioritize our use of state funds and reshape government so it is more mission driven and customer oriented (i.e. citizen oriented). I urge your support of SB 76.