PEF Cost-Benefit Legislation Delivered to the Governor Today
Dear PEF Member,
Are you tired of consultant contracts with state agencies? So am I. This is why I, once again, directed the PEF Legislative Department to secure legislation passage in the Senate and Assembly (A.5459 (Bronson) / S. 6048 (Breslin)) that would require the cost effectiveness of “consultant services” in New York State agencies to be taken into consideration. The legislation directs state agencies to perform a cost comparison review and to develop business plans to evaluate the feasibility of entering into any qualifying contract.
The PEF Cost-Benefit Analysis legislation is one of the most important bills that PEF has had pass the New York Legislature and we now have a 10-day deadline.
Last year, this legislation was vetoed and I am asking each PEF member to contact the Governor today!
The PEF Cost-Benefit Analysis legislation that has been earnestly pursued for years has again been delivered to the Governor. I know you are just as angry as I am watching New York State spend more than $2 billion per year on private consultants, when our PEF members can better accomplish the same professional work, while also saving taxpayers billions of dollars.
We have 10 days to help stop the use of expensive private consultants. Will you help? Click here
This year PEF members from across the State wrote letters, made phone calls and sent emails that supported the passage of A.5459 (Bronson) / S. 6048 (Breslin) by both the New York State Senate and Assembly. Together, we got it through the legislature and together we shall impress upon the Governor, with thousands of letters, just how important it is for him to sign the PEF Cost-Benefit Analysis legislation into law in 2019.
This much sought after item of PEF legislation has been delivered to the Governor for Executive Action. While the Governor is making his decision, we must use the same 10 day period to let him know how important this bill is to every member of PEF and the citizens of New York State. The cost-benefit legislation will, among other things, require state agencies, for contracts over $750,000, to conduct a cost/benefit study to determine if the current state workforce can do the sought after work for less before passing it off to expensive private consultants. The bill directs state agencies to perform a cost comparison review and to develop business plans to evaluate the feasibility of entering into any qualifying contract. Business plans will be submitted to, and reviewed by, the NYS Comptroller. The bill also provides remedies for any state workers laid off as a result of a consultant contract.
Please feel free to write your own letter, but PEF has prepared a pre-written letter link for your convenience. Once you have sent your letter, please forward the information in this email to your co-workers, friends and family members to help amplify the PEF voice.
Please take a minute out of your busy schedule to contact Governor Cuomo’s Office and let him know how important it is that he signs this legislation into law.
How to contact the Governor?
By telephone: 518-474-8390 you will be asked the bill number, your position of support and your zip code. The entire process takes less than a minute.
If you prefer to write your own personalized letter, it can be sent to:
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
I would like to thank you in advance for sending a letter.