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Chapter 6A of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 7 the following section:-
Section 7A. Each secretary may, notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, identify administrative processing activities and functions common to the state agencies within the executive office and may designate such functions as core administrative processing functions. To improve administrative efficiency and preserve fiscal resources, the secretary may direct that core administrative processing functions be performed by the executive office or by 1 or more state agencies designated by the secretary to perform those functions. Common activities and functions that may be designated as core administrative processing functions include without limitation human resource functions including payroll processing; information technology services; leasing and facility management services; financial management services, such as budgeting, procurement, contract management, and accounts payable/receivable functions; and other administrative processing functions. Upon designation of a function as a core administrative processing function, the secretary may direct that employees of each state agency who perform those functions be transferred to the executive office or to any state agency designated by the secretary to perform core administrative processing functions. Nothing in this section shall waive the responsibility of each agency head to certify obligations and expenditures for appropriations and other legally available funds of the agency pursuant to section 3 of chapter 7A, the responsibilities of an agency head pursuant to state finance law including but not limited to sections 19, 20, 24, 26 and 27 of chapter 29, and the responsibility of an agency head to certify work by employees of the agency pursuant to section 31 of chapter 29. An agency head may not delegate agency head signature authorization to any individual who is not an employee of the agency. The executive office or any state agencies designated to perform core administrative processing functions may charge the state agencies that receive such services for the reasonable costs of providing the services. Any employee transfers that occur in connection with the consolidation of core administrative processing functions within the executive office or state agencies shall not: (a) impair the civil service status of any such transferred employee who immediately before the effective date of this act either holds a permanent appointment in a position classified under chapter 31 or has tenure in a position by reason of section 9A of chapter 30; or (b) impair or change an employee's status, rights, or benefits under chapter 150E.
This section authorizes each cabinet secretary to consolidate the performance of core administrative functions within the secretariat and to charge the relevant agencies accordingly.
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