There is hereby continued an employee suggestion award program within the department of administration for employees of state government. Under this program cash or honorary awards may be made to state employees whose adopted suggestions will result in substantial savings or improvement in state operations.
In establishing criteria for making awards, the board may exclude certain levels of positions from participation in the program, but in no event shall:
(1) The following levels of management, within the spending unit where the adopted suggestion will result in substantial savings, be eligible to receive cash awards under the program:
(a) Governor's staff, departmental secretaries and their equivalent; and
(b) Assistant or deputy secretary, assistant to secretary, commissioner, assistant or deputy commissioner, major fiscal and administrative policy departmental staff or their equivalent.
(c) Director or division chief, including the division chief or director of a statewide program, and which includes a chief of a division supervising several service units or their equivalent.
(d) Assistant to director or division chief, section chief or head of major departmental function or their equivalent; and
(2) The following levels of management, not within the spending unit where the adopted suggestion will result in substantial savings, be eligible to receive cash awards under the program:
(a) Governor's staff, departmental secretaries and their equivalent;
(b) Assistant or deputy secretary, assistant to secretary, commissioner, assistant or deputy commissioner.
(a) The maximum cash award approved is limited to twenty percent of the first year's estimated savings, as established by the head of the affected spending unit, or $16,000, whichever is less. A cash award approved by the board shall be charged by the head of the affected spending unit against the appropriation item or items to which the estimated savings apply.
(b) Commencing December 2015, and every five years thereafter, the board shall submit a report to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance, including:
(1) Recommendations for the maximum award amount adjusted for inflation; and
(2) Any other information concerning the maximum award amount.
(c) After the board has made an award, the Governor may make one secondary award of up to twenty percent of the additional savings realized by implementing the suggestion in other state agencies, not to exceed $5,000. The Governor shall pay the secondary awards from funds appropriated by the Legislature for secondary awards.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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