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Section:6 - GENERAL GOVERNMENT
Agency:MANAGEMENT SERVICES
 ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS
Service:WORKERS' COMPENSATION APPEALS - JUDGES OF COMPENSATION CLAIMS (Program)
Appropriation Category:EXPENSES
SPECIFIC APPROPRIATION 2978
 Governor's
Recommendations
2022-23
FundFunding SourceDollarsPositions
    0.00
OPERATING TRUST FUNDSTATE FUNDS - NONMATCHING2,761,957 
Total: Specific Appropriation2,761,9570.00

ISSUE DETAIL
Policy Area:  ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES
                        WORKFORCE SERVICES
                        
Issue:           Governor's
Recommendations
2022-23
FundFunding SourceDollarsPositions
    0.00
OPERATING TRUST FUNDSTATE FUNDS - NONMATCHING(52,580) 
Total: Issue(52,580)0.00
Justification
Governor's Recommendations 2022-23

The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2022-23 includes $830,456 recurring Operating Trust Fund budget
authority to transfer administrative staff from the Judges of Compensation Claims budget entity to the Adjudication of
Disputes budget entity. This issue is a re-approval of current year budget amendments EOG# B0144 and P0023. This issue
replaces the current administrative system that internally allocates costs - position by position.

The nonoperating transfer from the Workers' Compensation Appeals program to the Adjudication of Disputes program will
increase in order to cover 68% of the cost of administrative services. This 68%/32% of allocation is based on each
program's portion of the Division of Administrative Hearing's budget, therefore, DOAH has amended its administrative
alignment. All administrative support for both program entities are now housed within the Adjudication of Disputes
budget entity and not divided between 2 programs. Agency transfers into the Division are not implicated by this internal
improvement and there is no fiscal impact.

This issue nets to zero with issue code 1600A20.

This issue was included in the Division's Legislative Budget Request.

Issue:           Governor's
Recommendations
2022-23
FundFunding SourceDollarsPositions
    0.00
OPERATING TRUST FUNDSTATE FUNDS - NONMATCHING(174,000) 
Total: Issue(174,000)0.00
Justification
Governor's Recommendations 2022-23

The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2022-23 includes a reduction of $260,000 recurring Operating Trust
Fund budget authority due to the consolidation of 2 district office locations. With the advent of an electronic filing
system, which eliminates the need for paper filing, and Zoom conference hearings, which decreases processing time for
cases and increases efficiencies, there is no longer a need for 17 individual district offices. The department is
proposing to close a total of 4 office locations in the span of 3 years, taking into consideration caseload and costs per
location (leases etc.). Statute currently requires the department to maintain 17 JCC offices, therefore, statutory change
is required.

This issue was included in the Division's Legislative Budget Request.

Issue:           Governor's
Recommendations
2022-23
FundFunding SourceDollarsPositions
    0.00
OPERATING TRUST FUNDSTATE FUNDS - NONMATCHING2,890,808 
Total: Issue2,890,8080.00
Justification
Governor's Recommendations 2022-23

These estimated expenditures are operating appropriations authorized by the Legislature in the prior year General
Appropriations Act, adjusted for items vetoed by the Governor, appropriations based on contingencies that did not occur,
and appropriations provided in substantive bills that were passed in the 2021 Legislative Session. Substantive bills are
bills other than the General Appropriations Act.

Issue:           Governor's
Recommendations
2022-23
FundFunding SourceDollarsPositions
    0.00
OPERATING TRUST FUNDSTATE FUNDS - NONMATCHING(47,271) 
Total: Issue(47,271)0.00
Justification
Governor's Recommendations 2022-23

The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2022-23 includes a reduction of $784,178 recurring Operating Trust
Fund budget authority and associated rate to reduce 21 vacant staff positions within the Office of Judge Compensation
Claims (JCC) program. Due to the increase in video conferencing and other technological efficiencies within the JCC, the
need for administrative support has decreased over the past several years. This reduction will alter the current office
model from 1 judge, 1 mediator and 3 staff positions to 1 judge, 1 mediator and 2 staff positions, which is how most
offices are currently functioning. This request reduces 20 vacant staff support positions and 1 vacant attorney position.

This issue was included in the Division's Legislative Budget Request.

Issue:           Governor's
Recommendations
2022-23
FundFunding SourceDollarsPositions
    0.00
OPERATING TRUST FUNDSTATE FUNDS - NONMATCHING145,000 
Total: Issue145,0000.00
Justification
Governor's Recommendations 2022-23

The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2022-23 includes $145,000 recurring Operating Trust Fund budget
authority to pay for internet service which was previously paid from a nonoperating category. The Division of
Administrative Hearings was a part of a Department of Management Services pilot program to expand video teleconferencing
which was paid for via a nonoperating category. Since video teleconferencing by itself has become obsolete, the $145,000
previously obligated solely for teleconferencing services should be used for system-wide internet services and particular
costs related to Zoom hearing utilization. For this reason, it is no longer appropriate to use a nonoperating transfer to
pay for internet service.

This issue was included in the Division's Legislative Budget Request.