OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

Legislative Office Building, Room 5200

Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

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sSB-410

AN ACT CONCERNING ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS CONDUCTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 15 $

FY 16 $

Social Services, Dept.

GF - Cost

134,443

140,553

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Cost

49,287

51,527

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill will result in a cost of $183,730 ($134,443 in salary and $49,287 in fringe benefits) in FY 15 and $192,080 ($140,553 in salary and $51,527 in fringe benefits) to the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the State Comptroller's-Fringe Benefits to hire an administrator for the Office of Administrative Appeals (OAA) established by the bill.2 It is anticipated current DSS administrative hearings officers will be consolidated into the OAA under the new director; no additional staff or resources are anticipated for the consolidation.

The bill makes other technical and administrative changes which are not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to wage increases.

1 The fringe benefit costs for most state employees are budgeted centrally in accounts administered by the Comptroller. The estimated active employee fringe benefit cost associated with most personnel changes is 36.66% of payroll in FY 15 and FY 16.

2 Salary is based on salary grade MP-70 as reported for the job classification of Legal Director. (Source: Department of Administrative Services). FY 16 assumes a 3% general wage increase (GWI) and a 3% annual increment (AI); AI effective date of January 1st.