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AB-1658 State agencies: accountability.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/22/2017 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 21, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1658


Introduced by Assembly Member Frazier

February 17, 2017


An act to amend add Section 54952.7 of 12850.10 to the Government Code, relating to open meetings. state government.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1658, as amended, Frazier. Open meetings. State agencies: accountability.
Existing law establishes within state government eight agencies. Existing law requires each agency to be under the supervision of an executive officer known as the secretary. Existing law requires the secretary of each agency to review the operations and evaluate the performance at appropriate intervals of each department, office, or other unit of that agency, and to seek continually to improve the organization structure, operating policies, and management information systems of each department, office, or other unit.
This bill would require the secretary of each agency, by January 1, 2019, and every year thereafter, to review all programs that were created or expanded either by statute or regulation in the previous year that a department, office, or unit of that agency is responsible for administering. The bill would require the secretary to establish metrics to determine the success of that program, and to continuously evaluate the performance of that program. The bill would require the secretary to publish on his or her Internet Web site, and the Internet Web site of the relevant department, office, or unit responsible for administering the program, an accountability report that includes specified information.

The Ralph M. Brown Act generally requires that the meetings of the legislative bodies of local agencies be conducted openly, with specified exceptions. The act authorizes a legislative body of a local agency to require that a copy of the act be given to each member of the legislative body and to any person elected to serve as a member of the legislative body who has not yet assumed the duties of the office.

This bill would make a nonsubtantive change to that provision.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 12850.10 is added to the Government Code, to read:

12850.10.
 (a) The secretary of each agency shall by January 1, 2019, and every year thereafter, review all programs that were created or expanded either by statute or regulation in the previous year that a department, office, or other unit of that agency is responsible for administering. The secretary shall, in collaboration with that department, office, or other unit, establish metrics to determine the success of that program, and establish requirements to continuously evaluate the performance of that program.
(b) The secretary of each agency shall publish on his or her Internet Web site, and the Internet Web site of the department, office, or other unit responsible for administering the program, an accountability report that shall include the information collected pursuant to subdivision (a). That report shall also include the following information:
(1) A citation to the statute or administrative regulation that authorized the program.
(2) The objective of the program.
(3) The metrics used to evaluate performance towards achieving that program objective.
(4) The progress towards achieving the program objective identified in paragraph (2).
(5) The overall annual expenditures for the program, including both direct costs and administrative costs.

SECTION 1.Section 54952.7 of the Government Code is amended to read:
54952.7.

The legislative body of a local agency may require that a copy of this chapter be given to each member of the legislative body and any person elected to serve as a member of the legislative body who has not assumed the duties of office. An elected legislative body of a local agency may require that a copy of this chapter be given to each member of each legislative body all or a majority of whose members are appointed by or under the authority of the elected legislative body.