Rep. Olsen Legislation Removes Redundant DHS Provisions

Springfield, IL… State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) today unanimously passed House Bill 5031 to repeal redundant and irrelevant statutory language and requirements in the Department of Human Services Act.

“This bill helps to clarify and streamline Illinois law to reflect other recent statutory changes,” said Rep. Olsen. “Wherever possible we should seek to make state government more efficient and effective in providing services to Illinoisans – and this bill is a small step in that effort.”

Under current law each State human services agency, Human Services, Public Health, Health and Family Services, and Aging is directed to adopt joint rules to establish a cross-agency prequalification process for contracting with human service providers. Recent legislation has rendered this collaborative effort on cross-agency prequalification and master service agreements unnecessary.

A few years ago the legislature worked with the four human service agencies to develop a new, more efficient process governing the oversight of the selection and monitoring of grant recipients. This new process ensures quality programs and limits fraud, waste, and abuse. It was formalized with the passage of the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act, which is administered by Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) and not the individual agencies.

Olsen’s bill removes a remaining provision in the Department of Human Services Act that is unnecessary and contradictory with the passage of the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act.

HB 5031 passed the House on a 110-0-0 vote. It now heads to the Senate where it will be sponsored by Senator Pam Althoff (R-McHenry).

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