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HR Consolidation 1

SECTION 17.   Section 2 of chapter 21A of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following 2 sentences:- The secretary shall, notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, identify and consolidate administrative activities and functions common to the separate offices, departments and divisions within the office and may designate such functions "core administrative functions" in order to improve administrative efficiency and preserve fiscal resources. Common functions that shall be designated core administrative functions shall include, but shall not be limited to, human resources, including payroll processing, and information technology. All employees performing functions so designated shall be employed directly by the secretary, and the office shall function as a single state agency for purposes of carrying out the functions so designated.

This section, with HR Consolidation 2, enables the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs to provide centralized information technology, HR and payroll services to the agencies within EEA.