• Summary date: Mar 28 2017 - More information

    Part I

    Provides that the General Assembly finds and declares that a nationally recognized cost-benefit analysis model will allow the General Assembly to direct public resources to cost-effective programs that deliver the best outcomes for residents. Directs the Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM) to receive periodic updates that incorporate new research and enhancements identified through work in participating states and practical technical assistance to implement the cutting-edge approach for identifying policy and budget options. Provides that it is the General Assembly's intent to provide necessary assistance for State agencies to align their individual efforts and resources to achieve statewide priority outcomes. 

    Authorizes OSBM to consult and work with staff from the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative to implement a cost-benefit analysis model for use in crafting policy and budget decisions. Establishes that the goal of the project is to obtain a model that will help the State invest in policies and programs that can be shown to work. Directs OSBM to take the model into account in developing the framework required by GS 143-47.32, enacted by this act, to the extent the model has relevance to that framework. 

    Directs OSBM to file an interim report with the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations, the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on General Government, and the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee by April 8, 2018, on the progress in implementing the cost-benefit analysis model. Requires OSBM to submit a final report by October 1, 2018, which can include recommendations for legislation.

    Appropriates $100,000 from the General Fund to OSBM for the 2017-18 fiscal year to implement the provisions of Part I.

    Part II

    Enacts new Article 2E, Results First Framework, to GS Chapter 143 to require uniform, program-level accountability information in state government that is readily accessibly to the citizens of North Carolina. Article 2E applies to any state agency in the executive branch and to any non-state entity that receives state funds. Sets out definitions for the Article, including the term non-state entity, defining it as any of the following non-state agencies discretely presented as a component unit in the State Comprehensive Annual Financial Report by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board: an individual, firm, partnership, association, corporation, or any other organization or group acting as a unit. 

    Directs OSBM to design and establish a framework for providing NC citizens uniform, program-level accountability information in State government. Directs OSBM to adopt comprehensive standards, policies, and procedures to implement the framework's use. Requires OSBM to consult and coordinate with the State Auditor, the State Controller, the State Chief Information Officer, and the Office of State Human Resources in designing in establishing the framework. Requires the framework to provide a way for each State agency and each non-State entity to provide nine specified classes of information in a uniform manner on a Web site. Details what must be included in the standards, policies, and procedures adopted by OSBM. Requires OSBM to design the framework to ensure that the specified required information is accessible through the main State government website and that each State agency and non-State entity includes in its information system a web-based dashboard that uses a uniform format and reports all required performance information in a graphical format sufficient to inform a citizen of how the State is investing money consistent with the purposes described in the statute. Directs OSBM to provide an explanation in clear, simple language of key terms to be used by State agencies.

    Establishes procedures for a state agency or non-state entity to provide comment on the proposed initial framework design and implementing standards, policies, and procedures. Includes notice requirements for OSBM and at least a 30-day window after notice for comment.

    Requires an annual report by January 1 of each year setting out the standards, policies, and procedures to be used in providing and maintaining the information required by the Article.

    Directs OSBM to finalize the framework and associated standards, policies, and procedures required under GS 143-47.32, as enacted, no later than April 8, 2018, and requires OSBM to file the initial report required by GS 143-47.34, as enacted, by January 1, 2019.

    Directs each state agency and each non-state entity receiving state funds to establish, implement, and maintain a system to provide uniform, program-level accountability information that accurately conveys the mission, responsibilities, and activities of the state agency or entity and any other information required by OSBM. Requires the system to comply with OSBM guidelines, be updated on a timely basis, and be accessible to NC citizens. Effective with respect to all State agencies and non-State entities subject to this act on January 1, 2019.

    Directs the Office of State Human Resources to adopt rules for the organization charts and manager-to-employee ratios and to provide templates and technical assistance. Also directs OSBM, the Office of State Human Resources, and the Office of Information Technology to provide technical assistance and software as required.

    Makes a conforming change to GS 150B-1(c), exempting OSBM from the Administrative Procedure Act.

    Directs each state agency or non-state entity subject to proposed Article 2E to bring its current information system into compliance and to use existing resources to do so.

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