Governor Charles D. Baker's Budget Recommendation - House 1 Fiscal Year 2016

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CPAT Changes

SECTION 8.   Said section 4A of said chapter 7, as so amended, is hereby amended by striking out subsection (e) and inserting in place thereof the following subsection:-

(e) The executive office shall prioritize accountability and transparency and may establish a division to that end. As used in this subsection, the terms accountability and transparency shall include the operation of the searchable website required by section 14C and may include: (1) the monitoring and review of federal grant applications made on behalf of the commonwealth, coordinating efforts to maximize federal revenue opportunities and oversight of compliance with federal reporting requirements; (2) ensuring transparency of the commonwealth's administration and finance activities; (3) establishing and maintaining a central intake unit for reports of fraud, waste and abuse; (4) establishing and maintaining an economic forecasting and analysis unit to coordinate all spending and revenue forecasting by state agencies and coordinate with the caseload and economic forecasting office established in section 4R; (5) reducing and simplifying paperwork of state agencies and departments by adopting uniform forms or federal forms, if possible, when they are shorter than the corresponding state forms; (6) implementing and streamlining electronic paperwork options to better facilitate public interaction with state agencies; and (7) collaboration with other state agencies, authorities and other entities to carry out the foregoing.

This section together with the preceding section eliminates the office of commonwealth performance, accountability and transparency (CPAT) as an office within ANF. ANF will continue to be responsible for several accountability and transparency functions, including administering the Open Checkbook website, while the Office of the Governor will oversee performance management.

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