Florida Senate - 2010 CS for SB 1020
By the Committee on General Government Appropriations; and
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.
16 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
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
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.