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Toepel, M. G.; Theobald, H. Rupert (ed.) / The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1962

Administrative branch,   pp. [371]-[548] PDF (54.0 MB)

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tion. Chapter 645, Laws 1961, revised the composition and standing
of the Personnel Board (see p. 482).
  Functions. The broad statutory role of the Department of Ad-
ministration is:
  1. "to conserve the state's resources by co-ordinating manage-
     ment services and providing effective aid to agencies of the
     state government;
  2. "to present clearly defined alternatives and objectives of state
     programs and policies so that the state's agencies, the Gov-
     ernor and the Legislature may plan co-operatively and finance
     the services which the state will provide for its citizens;
   3. "to help the state's agencies furnish the agreed upon services
     as efficiently and effectively as possible, avoiding any dupli-
     cation of effort or waste of money;
   4. "to assure the Legislature and the Governor that the services
     are being provided to the public at the agreed upon quantity,
     quality and cost; and
   5. "to anticipate and resolve administrative and financial prob-
     lems faced by the agencies, Governor and Legislature of the
  To assist in management co-ordination, the commissioner or a
representative of the Department of Administration is a member or
advisor to each of the following boards, commissions or commit-
tees: Board on Government Operations, State Building Commission,
State Investment Board, Claims Commission, Joint Committee on
Finance and Group Insurance Board.
  In addition to the specific responsibilities assigned to each of its
bureaus, the department provides a number of management serv-
ices for the Governor and Legislature. The department, upon re-
quest, provides information, prepares administrative proposals,
and analyzes legislation for the Governor and legislative commit-
tees. The department analyzes requests for buildings and recom-
mends a long-range building program to the State Building Com-
mission. The department conducts comprehensive management
audits of state operations. In numerous other areas, the depart-
ment co-ordinates interdepartmental activities under the Governor's
  Organization. The department is administered by a commissioner
who is appointed by the Governor with confirmation by the Senate,
and serves at the pleasure of the Governor. The deputy commission-
er is appointed by the commissioner and serves at his pleasure. The
bureau directors and all other employes are in the classified civil
  The 1961 Legislature by Chapter 645 authorized an advisory
committee to confer with the commissioner on administrative
policy and to advise the commissioner and Governor on such mat-
ters. The committee, of not to exceed 11 members of which at
least 6 shall be state administrative officials, shall be appointed
by the Governor.

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