Section 1 [SAVI Program.]
Subdivision 1 [Program established.] establishes the SAVI (State Agency Value Initiative Program) for state agencies, including MnSCU, to identify cost-effective and efficiency measures.
Subdivision 2 [Retained savings.] allows agencies to carry forward 50 percent of appropriations for operations that remain unspent because of unanticipated innovation, efficiencies, or creative cost-savings, with approval of the Commissioner of Management and Budget. If an agency spends retained savings from these funds, the agency must ensure that the expenditures do not create future obligations beyond what will be available from the retained savings. Provides that this section supersedes Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.28 (current law providing that unspent appropriations lapse at the end of a biennium).
Subdivision 3 [Special peer review panel.] requires each agency that participates in this program to organize a peer review panel to determine the proposals receiving funding from the SAVI program. The panel must include a balance of department managers and employees.
Paragraph (b) authorizes agencies to spend money for projects recommended by the peer review panel after posting notice of the proposed spending and receiving approval from the Commissioner of Management and Budget.
Paragraph (c) requires the Commissioner of Management and Budget to submit the request for the proposed spending to the Legislative Advisory Commission established in Minnesota Statutes, section 3.30, for its review and recommendation. The commission must recommend the spending before the Commissioner of Management and Budget can approve it.
Subdivision 4 [SAVI-dedicated account.] provides a dedicated account for each agency participating in this program in the special revenue fund or other appropriate fund determined by the Commissioner of Management and Budget. Appropriates money in the account to the participating agency as provided by this section.
Subdivision 5 [Expiration.] provides an expiration date of June 30, 2018, for the SAVI program.
[Effective Date.] The effective date provided for this section is June 30, 2013, and applies to funds that will first be carried forward from the biennium ending June 30, 2013, to the biennium that begins on July 1, 2013.
Section 2 [Lapse.] amends the current law that requires that unspent appropriations lapse to the fund from which they were appropriated at the end of the biennium. This change provides an exception for the SAVI program appropriations.