Honorable Rodney Ellis, Chair, Senate Committee on Government Organization
John S O'Brien, Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB2439 by Gallego ( Relating to posting suggestions and ideas on cost-efficiency and certain budget documents on certain state agency websites.), Committee Report 2nd House, Substituted
There could be an indeterminate cost to the state from provisions of the bill relating to posting cost-efficiency suggestions and ideas on certain state agency websites.
The bill would amend the Government Code relating to posting cost-efficiency suggestions and ideas, high-value data sets and certain budget documents on agency websites.
Section 1 of the bill would require a state agency with at least 1,500 employees to post on the agency’s intranet website or generally accessible Internet website an electronic form or link allowing an employee of the agency to submit suggestions and ideas on how to make the agency more cost-efficient. The bill would require the agencies to post on their generally accessible Internet website a link allowing members of the public to monitor the suggestions and vote for their favorite submissions. The bill would require the Department of Information Resources (DIR) to adopt rules establishing procedures and required formats.
The bill would require state agencies and institutions of higher education to post high-value data sets, as defined by the bill, on their generally accessible Internet website if it is determined that such information can be posted at no additional cost to the state or if a gift or grant becomes available for this purpose. High-value data sets are required to be raw data in an open standard format that allows the public to search, extract, organize, and analyze the information.
It is anticipated that costs to implement provisions of Section 1 of the bill relating to posting cost-efficiency suggestions and ideas would range from $0 to approximately $100,000 for an affected agency for the 2012-13 biennium. Factors affecting costs would vary based on rules adopted by DIR and standards for general accessibility, which could include: screen readers, Braille terminals, screen recognition, screen magnification and speech recognition. Costs may include subscription or licensing of applications; application development; programming; and maintenance. It is anticipated that costs to post high-value data sets on Internet websites could be absorbed within existing resources.
Section 2 of the bill would direct the Legislative Budget Board to post on the Internet all documents prepared by the board that are provided to a committee, subcommittee, or conference committee of either house of the Legislature in connection with an appropriations bill. It is estimated that this responsibility could be performed using existing resources.
The bill's requirement to post on the Internet all documents prepared in connection with an appropriations bill may conflict with exemptions and privileges provided elsewhere under the law.
Local Government Impact
No fiscal implication to units of local government is anticipated.