[42 Pa.B. 3566]
[Saturday, June 23, 2012]
PART I. GOVERNOR'S OFFICE
[ 4 PA. CODE CH. 7a ]
[ EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 2012-09 ]
Sunset Task Force
May 11, 2012
Whereas, current economic conditions and budgetary constraints require the consolidation and reduction of the size of commonwealth government; and
Whereas, there are numerous existing boards and commissions in Pennsylvania established by Executive Order, statute or other legal authorization, which operate under the supervision and control of the Governor; and
Whereas, this administration believes that responsible government requires the termination of such boards and commissions, if they are inefficient, unduly costly or have minimal value for the taxpayers of the commonwealth; and
Whereas, this administration believes that it is prudent to create a governmental task force to review the value, productivity and efficiency of such boards and commissions and to provide recommendations regarding which ones should be terminated (''sunset'') within one year.
Now, Therefore, I, Tom Corbett, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and other laws, do hereby establish the Sunset Task Force.
Fiscal Note: 2012-09. No fiscal impact; (8) recommends adoption.
TITLE 4. ADMINISTRATION
PART I. GOVERNOR'S OFFICE
CHAPTER 7a. ADDITIONAL MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
Subchapter G. SUNSET TASK FORCE
7a.81. Purpose. 7a.82. Definitions. 7a.83. Powers and duties. 7a.84. Composition. 7a.85. Compensation. 7a.86. Staffing. 7a.87. Cooperation by State agencies. 7a.88. Effective date. 7a.89. Termination date.
§ 7a.81. Purpose.
The purpose of the Sunset Task Force (Task Force) is to establish a governance structure for assessing the viability and benefit of the Commonwealth's existing boards and commissions and to provide recommendations as to their continued existence.
(1) The Task Force shall only review executive boards and commissions.
(2) The Task Force does not have the authority to review independent boards and commissions including the independent boards and commissions for which the Governor makes nominations or appointments. Independent boards and commissions include the Board of Claims, the State Civil Service Commission, the Environmental Hearing Board, the State Ethics Commission, the Fish and Boat Commission, the Game Commission, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the Liquor Control Board, the Milk Marketing Board, the Board of Probation and Parole, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, the Turnpike Commission, the Board of Pardons and the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board.
§ 7a.82. Definitions.
The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter, have the following meanings, unless the context indicates otherwise:
Executive boards and commissions—
(i) Boards and commissions operating under the supervision and control of the Governor.
(ii) Boards and commissions of agencies under the supervision and control of the Governor.
Independent boards and commissions—
(i) Boards and commissions that do not fall under the supervision and control of the Governor.
(ii) Boards and commissions of agencies that are not under the supervision and control of the Governor.
§ 7a.83. Powers and duties.
(a) The Sunset Task Force (Task Force) shall:
(1) Identify the Commonwealth's executive boards and commissions.
(2) Conduct a review the executive boards and commissions created by Executive Order, statute or other legal authorization.
(3) Recommend procedures for limiting or terminating the existence of current and future boards and commissions.
(4) Report to the Governor.
(b) The purpose of a review is to determine the value, productivity and efficiency of executive boards and commissions.
(c) At the direction of the Task Force, a comprehensive database system shall be developed to identify the Executive Order, statute or other legal authorization establishing each executive board or commission. The comprehensive database system must also track information related to member qualifications and terms, the purpose of the executive board or commission and other information that will increase the efficiency of the process for appointments or functioning of the executive board or commission.
(d) Executive boards and commissions that do not meet the criteria of value, productivity or efficiency, as determined by the Task Force, will be recommended to be terminated to one of the following:
(1) The Governor if created by an Executive Order.
(2) The General Assembly if created by statute.
(e) The Task Force may recommend consolidation or streamlining of existing executive boards and commissions, as appropriate.
(f) The Task Force shall provide recommendations as to procedures to limit new executive boards and commissions to a finite life-span not to exceed 5 years from the date of creation.
(g) The Task Force shall complete its review and submit written recommendations to the Governor by May 13, 2013.
§ 7a.84. Composition.
(a) The Sunset Task Force shall consist of no more than 25 members who will be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
(b) The Governor will designate one member to serve as chairperson and may designate one member to serve as vice-chairperson. The chairperson and vice-chairperson serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
§ 7a.85. Compensation.
Members of the Sunset Task Force will not receive compensation for their service except that members may be reimbursed for travel expenses in accordance with Commonwealth policy. See Chapter 40 (relating to travel and subsistence).
§ 7a.86. Staffing.
The Office of Administration and the Office of the Budget shall provide administrative and staff resources to support the Sunset Task Force.
§ 7a.87. Cooperation by State agencies.
Agencies under the Governor's jurisdiction shall cooperate with and provide assistance and support as needed by the Sunset Task Force to carry out its functions effectively.
§ 7a.88. Effective date.
This subchapter takes effect immediately.
§ 7a.89. Termination date.
This subchapter remains in effect until May 13, 2013.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 12-1147. Filed for public inspection June 22, 2012, 9:00 a.m.]
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