CHAPTER 492

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 410

AS AMENDED BY SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 29, DELAWARE CODE, RELATING TO STATE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

Section 1. Amend Title 29 of the Delaware Code, by adding a new chapter to read as follows:

"CHAPTER 105. THE DELAWARE GOVERNMENTAL ACCOUNTABILITY ACT.

§10501. Short title.

This chapter may be cited as the Delaware Governmental Accountability Act.

"§10502. Purpose

(a) The General Assembly believes that it is desirable to gather additional program information in order to make better informed policy decisions on statewide programs and services.

(b) The General Assembly further believes that the development of performance measures and standards for governmental programs will result in a more efficient and effective allocation and utilization of state resources.

(c) The purpose of this Act shall be to enable the Budget Director to assist the General Assembly in reviewing the appropriate information and documentation by agencies and the Budget Office for distribution to the Joint Finance Committee.

(d) The Budget Director and the Controller General shall work in concert to revise budget documents to include the following:

(i) A comprehensive mission statement inclusive of the major functions and operations of the agency;

(ii) A performance measure for each Internal Program Unit;

(iii) An organizational chart for each department;

(iv) A section in the budget book detailing an agency's background and accomplishments; and

(v) A section in the budget book describing the link between the proposed allocation of services and what programs and/or services the agency will be able to accomplish.

§ 10503. Budget Products

(a) No later than January 30 of each year, the Budget Director will submit annual budget documents and supporting information inclusive of the recommended additions detailed above.

(b) The Secretary or Director of each agency shall discuss the mission statement, performance measures and funding requests with the General Assembly's Joint Finance Committee Budget Hearing."

Approved July 11, 1996