Bill Summary for H 72 (2015-2016)

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Feb 10 2015

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View NCGA Bill Details2015-2016 Session
House Bill 72 (Public) Filed Tuesday, February 10, 2015
AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA TO COORDINATE A WORKING GROUP CHARGED WITH DEVELOPING STANDARDS FOR STATE AGENCIES TO USE WHEN DESIGNING AND IMPLEMENTING PILOT PROJECTS MANDATED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, AND TO REQUIRE THE OFFICE OF STATE BUDGET AND MANAGEMENT TO ADOPT RULES IMPLEMENTING THE STANDARDS.
Intro. by Hurley, Turner, Carney, Lucas.

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Requires the UNC School of Government (SOG) to coordinate a working group to develop standards for state agencies to use in designing and implementing pilot projects required by the General Assembly. Requires the SOG to research existing evaluation standards and identify approaches for designing projects that collect appropriate and adequate data for sound evaluation of pilot projects. Requires the SOG to report on the research findings to the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee, the Director of the Program Evaluation Division, and the Office of State Budget and Management by December 1, 2015. Requires the working group to include representatives from state agencies and the UNC constituent institutions. Requires a report on the proposed standards to the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee, the Director of the Program Evaluation Division, and the Office of State Budget and Management by December 1, 2016. 

Appropriates $150,000 for 2015-16 from the General Fund to the SOG to implement the act. Provides that the funds do not revert at the end of 2015-16, but remain available during 2016-17 for expenditure in accordance with the act. Effective July 1, 2015.

Enacts new GS 143-162.3, directing the SOG to coordinate a working group to develop standards for state agencies to use when designing and implementing pilot projects as mandated by the General Assembly. Provides that, at a minimum, proposed standards must offer a range of options for designing evaluations of pilot projects, taking into account an agency’s available resources and time.  Requires draft standards to be presented to the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee and to the Office of State Budget and Management by December 1, 2016. Requires the Office of State Budget and Management to adopt rules to implement the standards and to report to the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee after adoption of the rules. Requires, unless specifically exempted by law, all departments, agencies, bureaus, divisions, and institutions of the state to conduct and complete pilot projects requested by the General Assembly after June 1, 2017, in accordance with the final standards  adopted by the Office of State Budget and Management. Allows the SOG to prepare proposed updates to the standards as necessary. Requires proposed updates to be submitted to the Office of State Budget and Management for review and adoption, and requires the Office to report rule changes to the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee. Requires the SOG to publish proposed updates on its website at least ninety days before submitting the proposed standards.

 

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