STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
COMMITTEE ON JOINT BUSINESS AFFAIRS & LABOR
|09:01 AM to 02:13 PM
|This Meeting was called to order by
|This Report was prepared by
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
|Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies
Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration
Office of Economic Development and International Trade
Office of the State Auditor
09:03 AM -- Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Ellen Golombek, Executive Director for the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE), provided the committee with an overview of CDLE. Director Golombek was joined by Kristin Corash, Deputy Executive Director for CDLE at the table for the presentation.
The presentation reviewed by Director Golombek is provided in Attachment A.
160105 Attach A (Smart Act).pdf
Director Golombek spoke to the committee about the work of the different divisions within CDLE, including the Employment and Training Division, Unemployment Insurance Division, Division of Labor, Division of Workers' Compensation, and the Division of Oil and Public Safety. Director Golombek also spoke of the work being done by CDLE to update the unemployment insurance (UI) information technology (IT) system.
Director Golombek responded to questions from the committee regarding the UI IT system upgrade, wage theft issues, and independent contractors versus employees.
Alexandra Hall, Director of the Division of Labor at CDLE, responded to questions from the committee regarding compliance investigations and the reorganization of the Division of Labor.
Director Golombek continued with an overview of CDLE's legislative agenda and regulatory agenda. Director Golombek also discussed the stakeholder outreach process involved in CDLE's rulemaking.
Director Golombek responded to questions from the committee regarding digital badging.
Director Golombek continued with a discussion of the implementation of the package of 2015 workforce bills passed by the legislature. A detailed overview of the implementation of these bills is provided in Attachment B.
160105 AttachB (Smart Act).pdf
Director Golombek spoke about the transfer of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation from the Colorado Department of Human Services to CDLE. An overview of the stakeholder outreach report is provided in Attachment C.
160105 AttachC (Smart Act).pdf
Director Golombek spoke about CDLE's 2016 budget requests and provided the committee with an update on CDLE's workforce initiatives.
Director Golombek responded to committee questions regarding CDLE's budget requests and regulatory agenda.
10:18 AM -- Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies
Joe Neguse, Executive Director for the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), provided the committee with an overview of DORA. Director Neguse was joined by Michelle Pedersen, Deputy Executive Director for DORA, at the table for the presentation.
The information reviewed by Director Neguse is provided in Attachment D. (Select CTRL enter)
Director Neguse spoke about DORA's accomplishments and provided the committee with an overview of DORA's performance plan, including a discussion of DORA's Strategic Policy Initiatives (SPIs).
Throughout his presentation, Director Neguse responded to questions from the committee regarding how DORA sets licensing fees, the impacts of past legislation, departmental staffing, the implications of DORA's cash funds on TABOR, prescription medication abuse, efforts to assist veterans, and the effect of recent HOA manager licensing law.
Director Neguse continued with an overview of DORA's regulatory agenda, 2016 budget request, and legislative agenda.
11:12 AM -- Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration
June Taylor, Executive Director for the Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration (DPA), provided the committee with an overview of DPA. Director Taylor was joined by Kara Veitch, Deputy Executive Director for DPA, at the table for the presentation.
A copy of DPA's presentation is provided in Attachment E.
160105 AttachE (Smart Act).pdf
Director Taylor provided the committee with information about her background and spoke about what DPA does. Director Taylor spoke about DPA's SPIs, the department's accomplishments, and partnerships DPA has developed.
Director Taylor responded to questions from the committee regarding the Colorado Operations Resource Engine (CORE).
Robert Jaros, State Controller, came to the table to provide the committee with an overview of the issues related to CORE.
Director Taylor continued with a discussion of DPA's priorities and an overview of the different divisions within DPA. Director Taylor also reviewed DPA's legislative agenda with the committee.
Scott Madsen, Director of the Division of Central Services within DPA, provided the committee with an overview of CNG vehicles. A document reviewing CNG vehicles is provided in Attachment F.
160105 AttachF (Smart Act).pdf
The committee recessed for lunch.
01:10 PM -- Office of Economic Development and International Trade
Fiona Arnold, Executive Director for the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), provided the committee with an overview of OEDIT. Director Arnold was joined by Anna Ewing, Chief Operating Officer for OEDIT, at the table for the presentation.
A copy of the presentation reviewed by Director Arnold is provided in Attachment G. A copy of OEDIT's performance plan is provided in Attachment H.
160105 AttachG (Smart Act).pdf160105 AttachH (Smart Act).pdf
Director Arnold presented the office's performance plan and legislative agenda. Director Arnold discussed the continued funding of the Office of Film, TV, and Media. She discussed the role of OEDIT to ensure economic growth in all areas of the state and among all constituencies. She discussed an emphasis on developing the state's business brand and increasing awareness of Colorado beyond its place as a winter vacation destination. Director Arnold discussed OEDIT's role in expanding broadband access across the state and discussed the relaunch of the Colorado Innovation Network (COIN).
Director Arnold responded to questions from the committee regarding broadband expansion and the Jump Start program.
01:45 PM -- Office of the State Auditor
Monica Bowers, Deputy State Auditor with the Office of the State Auditor (OSA), provided an overview of the requirements of OSA under the SMART Government Act. Ms. Bowers also spoke about the role of OSA and the work OSA does.
Nina Frant, Managing Legislative Auditor for OSA, discussed the performance audit of the conveyance program (Attachment I). She responded to questions from the committee about the audit.
160105 AttachI (Smart Act).pdf
Marisa Neff, Managing Legislative Auditor for OSA, discussed the report of outstanding audit recommendations (Attachment J). (Select CTRL enter)
Committee members were also provided with a copy of the OSA annual report (Attachment K).
160105 AttachK (Smart Act).pdf (to see the entire report, follow the link --- select CTRL enter)
The committee adjourned.