assembly Bill A5459

Vetoed By Governor
2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to the cost effectiveness of consultant contracts by state agencies

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Archive: Last Bill Status Via S6048 - Vetoed by Governor

  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Vetoed by Governor

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Dec 13, 2019 vetoed memo.230
Dec 06, 2019 delivered to governor
Jun 20, 2019 returned to senate
passed assembly
ordered to third reading rules cal.88
substituted for a5459
Jun 20, 2019 substituted by s6048
Jun 05, 2019 ordered to third reading rules cal.88
rules report cal.88
Jun 04, 2019 reported referred to rules
Mar 19, 2019 reported referred to ways and means
Feb 12, 2019 referred to governmental operations


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A5459 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
Law Section:
State Finance Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §163, St Fin L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S7782
2013-2014: A9698, S5643
2015-2016: A2499, S6810
2017-2018: A2022, S383
2021-2022: A8159, S5356

A5459 (ACTIVE) - Summary

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

A5459 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            February 12, 2019

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


  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

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