|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|May 16, 2014||referred to governmental operations|
assembly Bill A9698
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Assembly Committee
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- Passed Senate
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A9698 (ACTIVE) - Details
A9698 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 9698 I N A S S E M B L Y May 16, 2014 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. BRONSON -- read once and referred to the Commit- tee on Governmental Operations AN ACT to amend the state finance law, in relation to the cost effec- tiveness of consultant contracts by 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. Legislative intent. The legislature hereby finds and declares that it is in the public interest to enact a cost benefit review process when a state agency enters into contracts for personal services. New York State spends over $3.5 billion annually on personal service contracts, over $840 million more than the State spent on these contracts in SFY 2003-04, a 32% increase. Despite an Executive Order that has implemented a post contract review process for some personal service contracts the cost of those contracts continues to escalate every year well above the inflation rate. In addition the State Finance Law does not require state agencies to compare the cost or quality of personal services to be provided by consultants with the cost or quality of providing the same services by the state employees. Numerous audits by the Office of State Comptroller as well as a KPMG study commissioned by the department of transportation have found that consultants hired under personal service contracts can cost between fifty percent and seventy-five percent more than state employees that do the exact same work including the cost of state employee benefits. The Contract Disclo- sure Law (Chapter 10 of the laws of 2006) required consultants who provide personal services to file forms for each contract that outline how many consultants they hired, what titles they employed them in and how much they paid them. A review of these forms shows that the average consultant makes about fifty percent more than state employees doing comparable work. It is in the public interest for state agencies to compare the cost of doing work by consultants with the cost of doing the same work with state employees as well as document whether or not such work can be done by state employees. If state government is to be smar- EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11164-04-4
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