(b) The secretary of revenue shall be the chief executive officer of the department and director of the budget. The secretary shall be appointed by the governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, for a term not exceeding the term of the governor.
(c) The department of revenue is hereby authorized to receive federal funds.
(d) The secretary shall serve at the will and pleasure of the governor. The annual compensation of the secretary shall be as specified in section two-a, article seven, chapter six of this code.
(1) The alcohol beverage control commissioner provided for in article sixteen, chapter eleven of this code and article one, chapter sixty of this code;
(2) The division of banking provided for in article two, chapter thirty-one-a of this code;
(3) The board of banking and financial institutions provided for in article three, chapter thirty-one-a of this code;
(4) The state budget office, heretofore known as the budget section of the finance division, department of administration, previously provided for in article two, chapter five-a of this code and now provided for in article two of this chapter;
(5) The agency of insurance commissioner provided for in article two, chapter thirty-three of this code;
(6) The lending and credit rate board provided for in chapter forty-seven-a of this code;
(7) The lottery commission and the position of lottery director provided for in article twenty-two, chapter twenty-nine of this code;
(8) The municipal bond commission provided for in article three, chapter thirteen of this code;
(9) The office of tax appeals provided for in article ten-a, chapter eleven of this code;
(10) The state athletic commission provided for in article five-a, chapter twenty-nine of this code;
(11) The tax division provided for in article one, chapter eleven of this code; and
(12) The West Virginia racing commission provided for in article twenty-three, chapter nineteen of this code.
(b) The department shall also include any other agency, board, commission, division, office or unit subsequently incorporated in the department by the Legislature.
(b) The secretary shall have the power and authority specified in this article and article two, chapter five-f of this code and as specified elsewhere in this code, whether heretofore or hereinafter enacted by the Legislature and whether the code provision refers to the secretary of revenue or to the secretary of tax and revenue.
(c) The secretary has authority to assess agencies, boards, commissions, divisions and offices in the department of revenue for the payment of expenses of the office of the secretary.
(d) The secretary shall have plenary power and authority within and for the department to employ professional staff, including, but not limited to, certified public accountants, economists and attorneys, assistants and other employees as necessary for the efficient operation of the department.
(e) The secretary and administrators, division heads and other employees of the department shall perform the duties specified in this code for their respective offices or positions and shall also perform other duties as the governor prescribes.
(b) Interdepartmental communication of confidential information. -- Notwithstanding any provision of this code to the contrary, information that by statute is confidential in the possession of any division, agency, board, commission or office of the department of revenue may be disclosed to the secretary, or an employee in the office of the secretary, who must safeguard the information and may not further disclose the information except under the same conditions, restrictions and limitations applicable to the administrator of the agency, board, commission, division or office of the department in whose hands the information is confidential: Provided, That nothing contained in this section shall be construed to require the disclosure to the secretary or to an employee in the office of the secretary of individually identifiable health care or other information that, under federal law, may not be disclosed by the administrator without subjecting the administrator or the agency, board, commission, division or office to sanctions or other penalties by the United States or any agency thereof. This confidentiality rule is a specific exemption from disclosure under article one, chapter twenty-nine-b of this code.