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AB-2252 State grants: state grant administrator.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 06/14/2018 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  June 14, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 03, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 14, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2252


Introduced by Assembly Member Limón

February 13, 2018


An act to amend Section 12803.2 of, and to add Article 15 (commencing with Section 11148.10) to Chapter 1 of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 8333 of, to add Section 8333.1 to, and to repeal and add Section 8334 of, the Government Code, relating to state government.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2252, as amended, Limón. State grants: state grant administrator.
The Grant Information Act of 1999 authorizes state agencies to make available on the Internet a listing of all grants administered by that agency, that includes specified information and provides instructions on filing grant applications electronically, or on the manner in which to download, complete, and mail grant applications to the state agency, or both. The act also authorizes each state agency to make available on the Internet any printed grant application form used by the agency to award grants that are administered by that agency.
This bill would enact the Grant Information Act of 2018. The bill would require the Government Operations Agency, on or before July 1, 2020, to create a funding opportunities web portal that provides a centralized location for grant seekers to find state grant opportunities. The bill would additionally require each state agency, on or before July 1, 2020, to register every grant the state agency administers with the Government Operations Agency prior to commencing a solicitation or award process for distribution of the grant, as specified. The bill would require each state agency, on or before July 1, 2020, to provide for the acceptance of electronic applications for any grant administered by the state agency.

Existing law establishes the State Clearinghouse as the office designated by the Governor as the clearinghouse for information from the federal Office of Management and Budget in accordance with federal law. Existing law establishes a federal grant administrator, within the State Clearinghouse, who is designated by the Governor and authorized to serve as a primary point of contact for information on federal grants related to community, economic, and local development, and serve as a coordinator to manage and maximize federal grant opportunities within the state, as provided. Existing law further authorizes the federal grant administrator to maintain information on the Office of Planning and Research’s Internet Web site relating to federal grants. Existing law requires the federal grant administrator, on or before January 1, 2018, and annually thereafter, to prepare a summary of federal grant funding to the state that includes, among other performance metrics, the total federal dollars received by the state through federal grants during the report year.

This bill would establish, within the Government Operations Agency, a state grant administrator who is designated by the Governor to serve as the state’s primary point of contact for information on grants provided by state agencies. The bill would authorize the state grant administrator, among other things, to support the establishment of a statewide network of individuals who serve as point of contact for state grant opportunities in state agencies. The bill would authorize the state grant administrator to develop and maintain information on the Government Operations Agency’s Internet Web site related to new state grant opportunities, grant management best practices, and other resources to support the ability of entities, including, but not limited to, local governments and nonprofit organizations, to apply and manage state grants. The bill would require state agencies that provide grants to provide grant information for the Internet Web site as determined by the state grant administrator. The bill would require the state grant administrator, on or before June 30, 2020, and annually thereafter, to prepare a summary of state grant funding, as specified.

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

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 8333 of the Government Code is amended to read:

8333.
 This chapter shall be known known, and may be cited cited, as the Grant Information Act of 1999. 2018. All state agencies that have Internet websites shall implement to the best of their ability this act in a manner that is consistent with the statewide strategy for electronic commerce as established by the Department of Information Technology.

SEC. 2.

 Section 8333.1 is added to the Government Code, to read:

8333.1.
 On or before July 1, 2020, the Government Operations Agency shall create a funding opportunities web portal that provides a centralized location for grant seekers to find state grant opportunities. The funding opportunities web portal shall include, but is not limited to, an interactive Internet Web site that is launched to include, at a minimum, information identifying every grant administered by the state and any incentive opportunities allocated by statute or in the annual budget that will provide funds for assistance to local agencies. The Government Operations Agency, in consultation with the Strategic Growth Council and the State Air Resources Board, shall ensure that the Internet Web site is accessible and provides helpful information to a diverse set of potential applicants, including nonprofit and community-based organizations, and other entities that are working to support and benefit disadvantaged and low-income communities.

SEC. 3.

 Section 8334 of the Government Code is repealed.
8334.

(a)State agencies may make available on the Internet a listing of all grants administered by that agency, which shall provide instructions on filing grant applications electronically, or on the manner in which to download, complete, and mail grant applications to the state agency, or both, consistent with whichever method the agency establishes for the filing of grant applications.

(b)Each state agency may make any printed grant application form used by the agency to award grants that are subject to administration by that agency available on the Internet, and shall provide the instructions specified in subdivision (a).

(c)State agencies making grant application forms available on the Internet shall, to the extent feasible, advise individuals calling the state agency for information about a grant program of both of the following:

(1)The availability of grant information on the Internet.

(2)That many public libraries provide Internet access.

(d)Each state agency posting a listing of grants administered by that agency pursuant to subdivision (a) shall include an executive summary of each grant as part of that listing that includes, but is not limited to, all of the following:

(1)The title of the grant opportunity and grant identification number.

(2)A brief description of the request for proposals (RFP) or request for assistance (RFA).

(3)Grant eligibility requirements.

(4)Geographic limitations, if any.

(5)Description of the total available grant funding, the number of awards, and the amounts per award.

(6)Period of time covered by the grant.

(7)Date the request for proposals (RFP) or request for assistance (RFA) is issued.

(8)Deadline for proposals to be submitted.

(9)Internet address for electronic submission, when appropriate.

(10)Contact information.

(e)(1)Notwithstanding subdivision (a) of Section 11000, “state agency” as used in this chapter includes the Office of the Chancellor of the California State University, but does not include any individual campus of the California State University or any auxiliary enterprise affiliated with the California State University.

(2)This chapter shall only apply to the Office of the Chancellor of the California State University if the decision to award or not to award funds to an individual or entity filing a grant application is under the control of the Office of the Chancellor of the California State University. This chapter shall not apply to opportunities available solely to the campuses of the California State University and auxiliary enterprises affiliated with the California State University to apply for funds to the Office of the Chancellor of the California State University.

(f)“Grant” as used in this chapter means a solicited or unsolicited proposal, including, but not limited to, a request for proposals (RFP) and a request for applications (RFA), to furnish assistance to another entity so that the latter may carry out its own program. The term shall not include the procurement of goods or services for a state agency nor the acquisition, construction, alteration, improvement, or repair of real property for a state agency.

(g)This chapter shall not be implemented until July 1, 2001, unless otherwise authorized by the Department of Information Technology pursuant to Executive Order D-3-99.

SEC. 4.

 Section 8334 is added to the Government Code, to read:

8334.
 (a) (1) On or before July 1, 2020, each state agency shall register every grant the state agency administers with the Government Operations Agency prior to commencing a solicitation or award process for distribution of the grant. Each agency shall provide information regarding the grant, that assists the Government Operations Agency with cataloging the distribution of grants and provides potential applicants with understandable and consistent information about available funding opportunities, including, but not limited to, all of the following:
(A) The title of the grant opportunity and grant identification number.
(B) The revenue source allocated to fund the grant.
(C) The purpose of the grant.
(D) A brief description of the grant, including, but not limited to, whether the grant is a request for proposal (RFP) or a request for assistance (RFA).
(E) A brief description of the request for proposal (RFP) or request for assistance (RFA).
(F) Any eligibility requirements, including, but not limited to, any matching funds requirements.
(G) Geographic limitations, if any.
(H) A description of the total available grant funding, the number of awards, and the amounts per award.
(I) The period of time covered by the grant.
(J) The date the request for proposals (RFP) or request for assistance (RFA) will be issued.
(K) The deadline for proposals to be submitted.
(L) Internet address for electronic submission of the proposal.
(M) Contact information of a staff member responsible for communicating the grant requirements.
(2) Each state agency shall provide a link to the Government Operations Agency’s funding opportunities web portal on the state agency’s Internet Web site.
(b) On or before July 1, 2020, each state agency shall provide for the acceptance of electronic proposals for any grant administered by the state agency.
(c) (1) Notwithstanding subdivision (a) of Section 11000, “state agency” as used in this chapter includes the Office of the Chancellor of the California State University, but does not include any individual campus of the California State University or any auxiliary enterprise affiliated with the California State University.
(2) This chapter shall only apply to the Office of the Chancellor of the California State University if the decision to award or not to award funds to an individual or entity filing a grant application is under the control of the Office of the Chancellor of the California State University. This chapter shall not apply to opportunities available solely to the campuses of the California State University and auxiliary enterprises affiliated with the California State University to apply for funds to the Office of the Chancellor of the California State University.
(d) “Grant” as used in this chapter means a solicited or unsolicited proposal, including, but not limited to, a request for proposals (RFP) and a request for applications (RFA), to furnish assistance to another entity so that the latter may carry out its own program. The term shall not include the procurement of goods or services for a state agency nor the acquisition, construction, alteration, improvement, or repair of real property for a state agency.

SECTION 1.Article 15 (commencing with Section 11148.10) is added to Chapter 1 of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, to read:
15.State Grant Administrator
11148.10.

(a)There is in state government, within the Government Operations Agency, the state grant administrator who is an individual designated by the Governor to serve as the state’s primary point of contact for information on grants provided by state agencies.

(b)The state grant administrator may do any of the following:

(1)Work with representatives from state and local government, nonprofit organizations, foundations, institutions of higher learning, and other interested parties on applying for and managing state grants.

(2)Identify employees within state government with expertise in state grant management.

(3)Support the establishment of a statewide network of individuals who serve as point of contact for state grant opportunities in state agencies.

(4)Provide or facilitate the provision of in-person and online training to encourage and improve the ability to pursue and manage state grants.

(5)(A)Develop and maintain information on the Government Operations Agency’s Internet Web site related to new state grant opportunities, grant management best practices, and other resources to support the ability of entities, including, but not limited to, local governments and nonprofit organizations, to apply and manage state grants.

(B)State agencies that provide grants shall provide grant information for the Internet Web site as determined by the state grant administrator.

(c)On or before June 30, 2020, and annually thereafter, the state grant administrator shall prepare a summary of state grant funding that includes, but is not limited to, all of the following performance metrics:

(1)Number of state grants awarded during the report year.

(2)Number of completed state grant applications submitted to the state during the report year.

(3)Total state dollars distributed through state grants during the report year.

(4)Number of training sessions hosted by the state grant administrator and attendance at those events during the report year.

(5)Other relevant information regarding state grant activities during the report year, as determined by the state grant administrator.

SEC. 2.Section 12803.2 of the Government Code is amended to read:
12803.2.

(a)The Government Operations Agency shall consist of all of the following:

(1)The Office of Administrative Law.

(2)The Public Employees’ Retirement System.

(3)The State Teachers’ Retirement System.

(4)The State Personnel Board.

(5)The California Victim Compensation Board.

(6)The Department of General Services.

(7)The Department of Technology.

(8)The Franchise Tax Board.

(9)The Department of Human Resources.

(10)The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration.

(11)The state grant administrator.

(b)The Government Operations Agency shall include the Department of FISCal upon the acceptance of the Financial Information System for California (FISCal) by the state, as determined by the Director of Finance, pursuant to Section 11890.

(c)The Government Operations Agency shall be governed by the Secretary of Government Operations pursuant to Section 12801. However, the Director of Human Resources shall report directly to the Governor on issues relating to labor relations.

(d)The Governor, upon the recommendation of the Secretary of Government Operations, may appoint up to three deputies for the secretary.

(e)This section shall become operative on July 1, 2017.