Manage the state employees' worker's compensation program and the statewide self-funded programs to protect the state from losses of and damage to state property and liability.
Arrange appropriate insurance contracts for the transfer of risk of loss on the part of the state or its employees, to the extent such loss cannot reasonably be assumed by the individual agencies or the self-funded programs. The placement of insurance may be by private negotiation rather than competitive bid, if such insurance has a restricted number of interested carriers. The department shall approve all insurance purchases.
Train, upgrade and guide appropriate personnel in the agencies in implementation of sound risk management practices.
Have the authority to contract for investigative and adjustment services as provided in s. 20.865 (1) (fm)
which can be performed more economically or efficiently by such contract.
Annually in each fiscal year, allocate as a charge to each agency a proportionate share of the estimated costs attributable to programs administered by the agency to be paid from the appropriation under s. 20.505 (2) (k)
. The department may charge premiums to agencies to finance costs under this subsection and pay the costs from the appropriation on an actual basis. The department shall deposit all collections under this subsection in the appropriation account under s. 20.505 (2) (k)
. Costs assessed under this subsection may include judgments, investigative and adjustment fees, data processing and staff support costs, program administration costs, litigation costs and the cost of insurance contracts under sub. (5)
. In this subsection, "agency" means an office, department, independent agency, institution of higher education, association, society or other body in state government created or authorized to be created by the constitution or any law, which is entitled to expend moneys appropriated by law, including the legislature and the courts, but not including an authority created in ch. 231
, or 237
Approval of contracts by secretary and governor; audit. 16.87(1)(a)
"Construction work" includes all labor and materials used in the framing or assembling of component parts in the erection, installation, enlargement, alteration, repair, moving, conversion, razing, demolition or removal of any appliance, device, equipment, building, structure or facility.
"Environmental consultant services" includes services provided by environmental scientists, engineers and other experts.
A contract for engineering services or architectural services or a contract involving an expenditure of $10,000 or more for construction work, or $30,000 or more for limited trades work, to be done for or furnished to the state or a department, board, commission or officer of the state is exempt from the requirements of ss. 16.705
. The department shall attempt to ensure that 5% of the total amount expended under this section in each fiscal year is paid to minority businesses, as defined under s. 16.75 (3m) (a)
Except as provided in sub. (4)
, a contract under sub. (2)
is not valid or effectual for any purpose until it is endorsed in writing and approved by the secretary or the secretary's designated assistant and, if the contract involves an expenditure over $60,000, approved by the governor. Except as provided in sub. (4)
, no payment or compensation for work done under any contract involving $2,500 or more, except a highway contract, may be made unless the written claim is audited and approved by the secretary or the secretary's designee. Any change order to a contract requiring approval under this subsection requires the prior approval by the secretary or the secretary's designated assistant and, if the change order involves an expenditure over $60,000, the approval of the governor.
This section does not apply to contracts by the department of natural resources for environmental consultant services or engineering services for hazardous substance spill response under s. 292.11
or environmental repair under s. 292.31
, or for environmental consultant services to assist in the preparation of an environmental impact statement or to provide preapplication services under s. 23.40
All amounts owed by this state under this subchapter are subject to being set off under s. 73.12
History: 1985 a. 29
Charges against projects.
The cost of services furnished pursuant to s. 16.85 (2)
shall be charged to and paid out of available funds for the respective projects, whenever in the judgment of the secretary the charges are warranted and the cost of the services can be ascertained with reasonable accuracy.
Construction and services controlled by this chapter.
No department, independent agency, constitutional office or agent of the state shall employ engineering, architectural or allied services or expend money for construction purposes on behalf of the state, except as provided in this chapter.
History: 1981 c. 390
; 1983 a. 27
State-owned or operated heating, cooling or power plants. 16.895(2)(a)
Prepare all specifications, bid and administer contracts for the purchase of fuels for all state-owned or operated heating, cooling or power plants.
Coordinate the state fuel and utility management program to maximize the economy of operations of the program.
Determine the method of operation of state-owned or operated heating, cooling or power plants, including maintenance standards and policies concerning utilization of alternative fuels and energy conservation.
Assure compliance with federal and state laws, federal regulations and state administrative rules applicable to state-owned or operated heating, cooling or power plants.
Delegate to any agency the department's authority under par. (c)
and approve all expenditures of the agency under par. (c)
Review and approve rates charged by any agency for the sale of fuel, water, sewage treatment service, electricity, heat or chilled water under s. 16.93
, and the rates at which any agency charges its appropriations for fuel, water, sewage treatment service, electricity, heat or chilled water that the agency provides to itself.
Provide for emissions testing, waste product disposal and fuel quality testing at state-owned or operated heating, cooling or power plants, and secure permits that are required for operation of the plants.
Periodically assess to agencies their proportionate cost of the expenses incurred by the department under this subsection and ss. 16.85 (4)
in accordance with a method of apportionment determined by the department.
History: 1989 a. 31
Fuel for state heating, cooling or power plants. 16.90(2)(a)
Prepare all specifications for contracts for the purchase of fuel for each state-owned or operated heating, cooling or power plant. All such specifications where feasible shall provide for purchase of such fuel on a heating value and quality basis and may provide for an adjustment of the base price of any fuel as a result of changes in production or transportation costs during the term of a contract.
Distribute fuel purchased by the department or any agency to agencies that require it, and reallocate such fuel between agencies in the event of a shortage.
Set standards for storage of fuel by agencies.
Test all fuel purchased for each state-owned or operated heating, cooling or power plant wherein the annual requirement is in excess of 12,500 therms and where purchased on a heating value and quality basis.
Promulgate such rules as the secretary considers necessary, not inconsistent with this section, to promote efficiency, energy conservation and economy in the testing, handling and use of fuel for state-owned or operated heating, cooling or power plants.
History: 1989 a. 31
Contracts for fuel. 16.91(2)
No contract for the purchase of fuel for any state-owned or operated heating or heating and power plant wherein the annual requirement is in excess of 12,500 therms is binding unless purchased upon specifications furnished by the secretary. A contract for fuel may be for any term deemed to be in the best interests of the state, but the term and any provisions for renewal or extension shall be incorporated in the bid specifications and the contract document.
Payments for fuel delivered under contracts specified in sub. (2)
and for delivery costs shall be made upon vouchers approved by the secretary. Upon being audited and paid, the department shall charge each purchase against the appropriation to the agency which has jurisdiction over the facility at which the fuel is used. The secretary shall report on a quarterly basis to each such agency the total amount of payments charged under this subsection to each of its appropriations and facilities. Approval of the payments by the agency whose appropriation is charged is not required.
History: 1979 c. 34
; 1989 a. 31
Purchase of fuel, electricity, heat and chilled water. 16.92(2)
Each agency shall utilize the most cost-effective means of procurement of fuel, electricity, heat and chilled water.
History: 1989 a. 31
Sale of fuel or utility service. 16.93(2)
Except as provided in sub. (3)
, any agency, with the approval of the department, may sell fuel, water, sewage treatment service, electricity, heat or chilled water to another agency, a federal agency, a local government or a private entity.
Prior to contracting for the sale of any fuel or extending any water, sewage treatment, electrical, heating or chilled water service to a new private entity after August 9, 1989, an agency shall contact each public utility that serves the area in which the private entity is located and that is engaged in the sale of the same fuel or utility service. If a public utility so contacted objects to the proposed sale and commits to provide the fuel or service, the agency shall not contract for the sale.
History: 1989 a. 31
STATE PLANNING AND ENERGY
Powers and duties.
The department shall, through a system of comprehensive long-range planning, promote the development and the maximum wise use of the energy, natural and human resources of the state. It shall:
Collect, analyze, interpret and, in cooperation with the other state agencies, maintain the comprehensive data needed for effective state agency planning and effective review of those plans by the governor and the legislature.
Perform research to evaluate and measure alternative objectives and administrative actions.
Stimulate and encourage all state agencies to comprehensively plan and advance proposals for their area of state government services, and assist the state agencies to develop a necessary planning capacity.
Prepare and maintain plans for those state agencies which do not have an adequate planning capacity, at the request and in cooperation with those agencies.
Advise and assist state agencies in their development and maintenance of comprehensive plans, providing them with technical and program information, and advising them of the impact of related plans of other state agencies.
Stimulate the consideration and possible use of creative techniques and actions that may better accomplish the objectives of this section.
Evaluate the plans of all state agencies, identify both duplication and program gaps in the plans and measure the agency plans with the state goals enacted by the governor and the legislature.
Advise and assist the governor and the legislature in establishing long-range development policies and programs in considering state agency plans with regard to those policies and programs.
Develop and submit to the governor's office and to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature, as determined by the speaker of the assembly and the president of the senate on or before September 1 of each even-numbered year a 5-year and 10-year plan for the resolution of the energy needs of low-income households. The department shall consult with the public service commission, the department of health and family services and other agencies and groups related to low-income energy assistance. The department shall include in each plan, without limitation due to enumeration, items such as target populations, income eligibility, goals and funding.
Assist in implementing agency plans in accordance with policies and programs established by the governor and the legislature.
Administer federal planning grants for state planning, when so designated by the governor pursuant to s. 16.54
. The department may contract with other state agencies for the preparation of all or part of a facet of the state plan which is financed in whole or in part by federal planning grants.
Prepare and maintain contingency plans for responding to critical energy shortages so that when the shortages occur they can be dealt with quickly and effectively.
Implement the priorities under s. 1.12 (4)
in designing the department's energy programs and in awarding grants or loans for energy projects.
By rule, establish a standardized method for measuring the energy efficiency of the state's economy to be used in preparing the report under sub. (15)
. In establishing the methodology, the department shall consider methodologies currently in use for this purpose, including the methodology used by the world bank.
Before April 1 annually, submit a report to the legislature under s. 13.172 (3)
regarding progress made in meeting the energy efficiency goal under s. 1.12 (3) (a)
Require public utilities to provide the department with energy billing and use data regarding public schools, if the department determines that the data would facilitate any effort by the department to administer or provide energy assistance for public schools, including any effort to direct energy assistance to public schools with the highest energy costs.
Energy administration. 16.955(1)
If the governor determines that a disruption of energy supplies poses a serious risk to the economic well-being, health or welfare of the citizens of this state, the governor may issue an order declaring an energy alert. Upon declaration of an energy alert by the governor, the department may issue general or special orders, as defined in s. 101.01 (7)
, or promulgate emergency rules under ch. 227
to compel disclosure of information required for purposes of this section. Any person, or agent of the person, who produces, imports or sells, coal or other forms of fuel, other than electricity, natural gas or wood, who is subject to an emergency rule or general or special order of the department within reasonable time limits specified in the order shall file or furnish such reports, information, data, copies of extracts of originals as the department deems necessary relating to existing and future energy supplies, including but not limited to record of sales in years for 1970 and thereafter, storage capacity, supplies on hand and anticipated supplies, and anticipated demand. To the extent that the reports and data requested by the department are presently available from other state or federal agencies, the department shall coordinate its data reporting requirements with the agencies to avoid duplication of reporting.
(2) Information to be confidential.
All information furnished under sub. (1)
shall be considered confidential and may be compiled or published only for purposes of general statistical comparison. The information may be disclosed to agencies of the state or of the federal government, under the same or similar rules of confidentiality.
Any person, or agent of a person, who produces, imports or sells, coal or other forms of fuel, other than electricity, natural gas or wood, who fails to provide information requested by the department at the time and in the manner specified by the department shall forfeit an amount not to exceed $1,000. Each day the violation of this section continues from the day notice has been received constitutes a separate offense.
Upon request of the department, the attorney general or the district attorney of the proper county may aid in any investigation, enforce any request of the department for information under this section or seek forfeitures for violations of this section.
Upon request of the department, the attorney general or the district attorney of the proper county may apply to any court of competent jurisdiction for a temporary or permanent injunction restraining any person from violating this section.
The remedies under this section shall not be exclusive.
(4) Hearings; evidence; witness fees. 16.955(4)(a)(a)
The department or any of its authorized agents may, in relation to any matter arising under this section, conduct hearings, administer oaths, issue subpoenas and take testimony.
The witnesses subpoenaed by the department or its agent and officers who serve subpoenas shall be entitled to the fees allowed in courts of record. The fees shall be audited and paid by the state in the same manner as other expenses of the department are audited and paid. No witness subpoenaed at the instance of any party other than the department is entitled to payment of fees by the state, unless the department certifies that the testimony of the witness was material.
Any person who unlawfully fails to attend as a witness or refuses to testify may be compelled to do so as provided in s. 885.12
A record of all hearings shall be kept by the department. All hearings shall be public.