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OA asking for rule review input from applicants in state’s Merit System

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s state agencies are all moving forward with their review of their rules and regulations, as ordered by Governor Eric Greitens in Executive Order 17-03, and the Office of Administration is not immune to the process.
This week, OA sent out a letter to applicants using the State of Missouri Merit System, asking them for their input and feedback on how to improve the system and make the agencies more effective. The state’s Merit System is a personnel system established by state law with the purpose of protecting employees from arbitrary actions, favoritism, and political coercion, and to ensure fairness in the system.
“As part of the process, members of the public are encouraged to make suggestions on how the Office of Administration can improve our administrative rules. Because you have regular involvement with these rules and may have interest in them, we wanted to be sure you had information about how to submit a public comment,” the message read, going onto promoting the site.
Comments are being accepted via multiple methods: on the Office of Administration’s website; by submitting written comments to OA Rules Review, PO Box 809, Jefferson City, MO 65102; by fax to 573-526-4811; or at one of the three public hearings. Public comments will be accepted through September 15.
Here are the times and locations of the public hearings:
Thursday, August 24, 2017, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Harry S. Truman State Office Building
301 West High Street, Room 400
Jefferson City, Missouri
Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (via video conference)
Fletcher Daniels State Office Building
615 East 13th Street, Room 503
Kansas City, Missouri
Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. (via video conference)
Wainwright State Office Building
111 North 7th Street, Room 923
St. Louis, Missouri
The categories of Office of Administration rules that customers and the public may be interested in are listed below:
Administrative Hearing Commission
*        Organization and General Operation
*        Procedure for All Contested Cases
Ethics Commission
*        Enforcement, Pleadings, Communications, Conferences, Discovery, Subpoenas, Continuances, Motions
*        Hearing Conduct, Evidence, Record, Stipulation, Default
*        Post-Hearing Procedure, Orders, Certification of Record
*        Late Fee
*        Representation by an AttorneyCommissioner’s Office / Financial / OA General
*        State Claims and Accounts
*        Payroll – Vendor Deductions, Vendor Direct Deposit, Employee Direct Deposit
*        Capitol Grounds Parking
*        Missouri Accountability Portal
*        State Employee Shared Leave
*        State Employee Travel, County Travel, Vehicular Travel
*        Social Security Administration – Political Subdivisions and Instrumentalities
*        Lottery Prize Payment
*        State Employee Cafeteria Plan
*        Convention and Sports Complex
*        Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise Procurement Participation and CertificationFacilities Management, Design and Construction / Capital Improvement and Maintenance Budget
*        Assessment Program Planning and Budget Preparation
*        Projects – Definition, Fund Allocation, Management Methods, Construction Procurement, Design, Selection/Bidding Methods, Contracts, Work Completion, Payments, Acceptance Occupancy, Contractor Responsibility
*        Facility Management, Maintenance Program, Safety and Security
*        Public Use of State Facilities
*        Leasing – Administration, Acquisition, Management, Leases to Governmental/Private Entities

Personnel Advisory Board & Division of Personnel
*        Personnel Rules
*        Merit System Service
*        Classification and Pay Plans
*        Personnel Selection, Appointment, Evaluation and Separation
*        Appeals, Investigations, Hearings, and Grievances
*        Working Hours, Holidays and Leaves of Absence
*        Management Training

*        Authority Delegations
*        Solicitation, Bids, Contract Award Procedures
*        Vendor Registration, Notification, Suspension and Debarment