HBA-TBM, CCH H.B. 2071 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2071 By: Junell Appropriations 4/2/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, the statewide cost allocation program (program) is managed by the governor's office and identifies the costs of general government services provided by state agencies to other state agencies. Under the program agencies are billed for these costs and required to recover them from either fees or federal programs. The state has no formal methodology for tracking the recovery of allocated statewide costs. House Bill 2071 sets forth a methodology by which statewide costs are allocated. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that rulemaking authority is expressly delegated to the comptroller of public accounts in SECTION 2 (Section 2106.006, Government Code) of this bill. ANALYSIS House Bill 2071 amends the Government Code to provide that the statewide cost allocation plan for support services must allocate to each state agency an appropriate portion of the total costs of statewide support services, including the costs of providing statewide support services to each state agency, and develop and prescribe a billing procedure that ensures each state agency is billed for all costs allocated to the agency for which the agency is not obligated to pay another state agency under other law. The bill requires a state agency to send the comptroller for deposit to the credit of the general revenue fund the amount of federal money received by the agency for federally reimbursable indirect costs to the extent that the indirect costs are statewide allocated costs for which the agency is billed, the amount the agency has received in fees that should be accounted for as payment for the cost of providing statewide support services to the agency to the extent the agency is billed for those amounts, and any remaining amounts still necessary to pay the amount billed. If the amount bill is not completely paid, the comptroller is required to transfer the appropriate amount charged against items of appropriation in connection with which the remaining unpaid statewide allocated costs were incurred to the general revenue fund. The bill authorizes the legislature to provide in the General Appropriations Act that payment of the amount billed is waived to the extent payment would be made from a state agency's general revenue appropriation. The bill requires a state agency to send the comptroller information the comptroller requires to transfer the amounts. The bill requires the comptroller to adopt rules necessary to prescribe the timing and method of transfers and the manner in which a state agency shall send to the comptroller information the comptroller requires to transfer the amounts. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.