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       Florida Senate - 2010                             CS for SB 1020
       
       
       
       By the Committee on General Government Appropriations; and
       Senator Aronberg
       
       
       
       601-04201-10                                          20101020c1
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to agency inspectors general; amending
    3         s. 20.055, F.S.; providing that an agency inspector
    4         general may be appointed by the agency head after 14
    5         days notice, in writing, to the Governor; providing
    6         that an agency inspector general may be removed for
    7         good cause shown by the agency head with the approval
    8         of the Governor or a majority vote of the Cabinet;
    9         requiring each state agency to include in its
   10         legislative budget request for the 2011-2012 fiscal
   11         year the transfer of positions and funding for the
   12         inspector general’s office to a new and separate
   13         budget entity within the respective agency; providing
   14         an effective date.
   15  
   16  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   17  
   18         Section 1. Subsection (3) of section 20.055, Florida
   19  Statutes, is amended to read:
   20         20.055 Agency inspectors general.—
   21         (3)(a) The inspector general shall be appointed by the
   22  agency head. For agencies under the direction of the Governor,
   23  the appointment shall be made after notifying the Governor and
   24  the Chief Inspector General in writing, at least 14 7 days
   25  before prior to an offer of employment, of the agency head’s
   26  intention to hire the inspector general.
   27         (b) Each inspector general shall serve at the pleasure of,
   28  report to, and be under the general supervision of the agency
   29  head and is shall not be subject to supervision by any other
   30  employee of the state agency. The inspector general shall be
   31  appointed without regard to political affiliation.
   32         (c) An inspector general may be removed from office by the
   33  agency head, for just cause shown, with the approval of the
   34  Governor or a majority vote of the Cabinet. For agencies under
   35  the direction of the Governor, the agency head shall notify the
   36  Governor and the Chief Inspector General, in writing, of the
   37  intention to terminate the inspector general at least 14 7 days
   38  prior to the removal. For state agencies under the direction of
   39  the Governor and Cabinet or a cabinet officer, the agency head
   40  shall notify the Governor and Cabinet in writing of the
   41  intention to terminate the inspector general at least 14 7 days
   42  before prior to the removal.
   43         (d) The agency head or agency staff shall not prevent or
   44  prohibit the inspector general from initiating, carrying out, or
   45  completing any audit or investigation.
   46         (e) In order to ensure that the expenditure of funds
   47  appropriated to the office of an inspector general will be used
   48  for the purposes intended by the Legislature, each state agency
   49  shall include in its legislative budget request for the 2011
   50  2012 fiscal year the transfer of positions and funding for the
   51  inspector general’s office to a new and separate budget entity
   52  within the respective agency.
   53         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2010.

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