senate Bill S6810A

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Relates to the cost effectiveness of consultant contracts by state agencies

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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 13, 2016 print number 6810a
Jun 13, 2016 amend (t) and recommit to finance
Feb 24, 2016 referred to finance

Co-Sponsors

S6810 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2499
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
State Finance Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §163, St Fin L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S7782
2013-2014: S5643, A9698
2017-2018: S383, A2022
2019-2020: S6048, A5459

S6810 - Summary

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

S6810 - Sponsor Memo

S6810 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  6810

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 24, 2016
                               ___________

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

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.
                                                           LBD05999-01-5

Co-Sponsors

S6810A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2499
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
State Finance Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §163, St Fin L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S7782
2013-2014: S5643, A9698
2017-2018: S383, A2022
2019-2020: S6048, A5459

S6810A (ACTIVE) - Summary

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

S6810A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S6810A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                 6810--A

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 24, 2016
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  ROBACH, AVELLA -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be  committed  to  the  Committee  on  Finance  --
  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
  recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the state finance law, in relation to  the  cost  effec-
  tiveness of consultant contracts by state agencies

  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 show 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 that
such work can be done by state employees.  If state government is to  be

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

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