senate Bill S7782

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to the cost effectiveness of consultant contracts by state agencies

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Aug 17, 2012 vetoed memo.150
Aug 06, 2012 delivered to governor
Jun 21, 2012 returned to senate
passed assembly
ordered to third reading cal.176
substituted for a5128c
referred to governmental operations
delivered to assembly
passed senate
ordered to third reading cal.1499
Jun 18, 2012 referred to rules

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S7782 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5128C
Law Section:
State Finance Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง163, St Fin L

S7782 - Bill Texts

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Relates to the cost effectiveness of consultant contracts by state agencies; defines "consultant services".

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
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                                  7782

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 18, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  ROBACH -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

AN ACT to amend the state finance law, in relation to  the  cost  effec-
  tiveness  of consultant contracts by the state agencies; and providing
  for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 163 of the state finance law is amended by adding a
new subdivision 15 to read as follows:
  15.  CONSULTANT  SERVICES.  A.  BEFORE  A  STATE  AGENCY ENTERS INTO A
CONTRACT FOR CONSULTANT SERVICES WHICH IS ANTICIPATED TO COST MORE  THAN
FIVE  HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS IN A TWELVE MONTH PERIOD THE STATE AGENCY
SHALL CONDUCT A COST COMPARISON REVIEW TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE SERVICES
TO BE PROVIDED BY THE CONSULTANT CAN BE PERFORMED AT EQUAL OR LOWER COST
BY UTILIZING STATE EMPLOYEES, UNLESS  THE  CONTRACT  MEETS  ONE  OF  THE
EXCEPTIONS  SET  FORTH  IN  PARAGRAPH B OF THIS SUBDIVISION. AS  USED IN
THIS SECTION, THE TERM "CONSULTANT SERVICES"  SHALL  MEAN  ANY  CONTRACT
ENTERED  INTO  BY  A  STATE  AGENCY  FOR ANALYSIS, EVALUATION, RESEARCH,
TRAINING, DATA PROCESSING, COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, HEALTH SERVICES, MENTAL
HEALTH SERVICES, ACCOUNTING, AUDITING, OR SIMILAR  SERVICES,  BUT  SHALL
NOT INCLUDE ANY PROFESSIONAL DESIGN SERVICES, LEGAL SERVICES OR SERVICES
IN  CONNECTION  WITH LITIGATION INCLUDING EXPERT WITNESSES AND SHALL NOT
INCLUDE CONTRACTS FOR  CONSTRUCTION,  DESIGN,  OR  RELATED  PROFESSIONAL
DESIGN  SERVICES  OF PUBLIC WORKS. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, THE
COSTS OF PERFORMING THE SERVICES BY STATE EMPLOYEES  SHALL  INCLUDE  ANY
SALARY,  PENSION COSTS, ALL OTHER BENEFIT COSTS, COSTS THAT ARE REQUIRED
FOR EQUIPMENT, FACILITIES AND ALL OTHER OVERHEAD. THE COSTS OF  CONSULT-
ANT  SERVICES  SHALL  INCLUDE  THE TOTAL COST OF THE CONTRACT.  THE COST
COMPARISON SHALL BE EXPRESSED WHERE FEASIBLE AS AN HOURLY RATE, OR WHERE
SUCH A CALCULATION IS NOT FEASIBLE, AS A TOTAL ESTIMATED  COST  FOR  THE
ANTICIPATED TERM OF THE CONTRACT.
  B.  THE  ESTIMATED COST OF A COMPARISON STUDY SHALL INCLUDE THE FINAN-
CIAL COSTS TO THE STATE INCLUDING THE DIRECT SALARIES  AND  BENEFITS  OF
EMPLOYEES CONDUCTING THE STUDY AS WELL AS ALL OF THEIR RESPECTIVE DIRECT

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08715-06-2

S. 7782                             2

COSTS, INDIRECT COSTS AND ALL OVERHEAD. THE AGENCY SHALL ALSO PREPARE AN
EMPLOYEE IMPACT STATEMENT THAT IDENTIFIES WHAT OTHER SERVICES MAY NOT BE
COMPLETED  AS  A  RESULT  OF  EMPLOYEES  WORKING ON THESE NEW COMPARISON
STUDIES.  IF  A COMPARISON STUDY IS BEING PERFORMED BY AN OUTSIDE AGENCY
OR AUTHORITY, ALL OF THEIR RESPECTIVE COSTS NEED TO  BE  INCLUDED  ALONG
WITH  THE  OVERSIGHT  COSTS  OF  INTERNAL AGENCY STAFF. THE COST OF SUCH
STUDY SHALL BE WHOLLY PAID FOR BY THE AGENCY. NO COSTS  ASSOCIATED  WITH
THE STUDY SHALL BE PASSED ALONG TO OR ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONSULTANT.
  C. A COST COMPARISON SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED IF:
  (I)  THE  SERVICES  ARE INCIDENTAL TO THE PURCHASE OF REAL OR PERSONAL
PROPERTY; OR
  (II) THE CONTRACT IS NECESSARY IN ORDER TO AVOID A CONFLICT OF  INTER-
EST ON THE PART OF THE AGENCY OR ITS EMPLOYEES; OR
  (III)  THE SERVICES ARE OF SUCH A HIGHLY SPECIALIZED NATURE THAT IT IS
NOT FEASIBLE TO UTILIZE STATE  EMPLOYEES  TO  PERFORM  THEM  OR  REQUIRE
SPECIAL  EQUIPMENT  THAT  IS  NOT  FEASIBLE FOR THE STATE TO PURCHASE OR
LEASE; OR
  (IV) THE SERVICES ARE OF SUCH AN URGENT NATURE THAT IT IS NOT FEASIBLE
TO UTILIZE STATE EMPLOYEES; OR
  (V) THE SERVICES ARE ANTICIPATED TO BE SHORT TERM AND ARE  NOT  LIKELY
TO BE EXTENDED OR REPEATED AFTER THE CONTRACT IS COMPLETED; OR
  (VI)  THE  COST OF THE COMPARISON IS ESTIMATED TO BE GREATER THAN FIVE
PERCENT OF THE CONTRACT,  THE  AGENCY  IS  EXEMPT  FROM  PERFORMING  THE
COMPARISON.
  D. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE DEEMED TO AUTHORIZE A STATE AGENCY
TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WHICH IS OTHERWISE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
  E.  ALL  DOCUMENTS  RELATED  TO  THE  COST COMPARISON REQUIRED BY THIS
SUBDIVISION SHALL BE PUBLIC RECORDS SUBJECT TO  DISCLOSURE  PURSUANT  TO
ARTICLE SIX OF THE PUBLIC OFFICERS LAW.
  F. THIS ANALYSIS SHALL BE COMPLETED NO MORE THAN FIFTEEN DAYS AFTER IT
COMMENCES  AND MUST BE INITIATED WITHIN THREE DAYS OF THE CONTRACT BEING
IDENTIFIED.
  S 2. On or before December 31, 2015 the  office  of  general  services
shall  prepare  a report, to be delivered to the governor, the temporary
president of the senate and the speaker of  the  assembly.  Such  report
shall include, but need not be limited to, an analysis of the effective-
ness  of  the cost comparison study and an analysis of the costs savings
associated with performing such cost comparison.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
have  become  a law and shall expire and be deemed repealed December 31,
2016; provided, however, that the amendments to section 163 of the state
finance law made by section one of this act shall not affect the  repeal
of such section and shall be deemed repealed therewith.

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