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Payroll: State Government and Higher Education
State data was provided under a Freedom of Information Request by the Office of State Uniform Payroll (OSUP), in the Division of Administration.
Overtime and reimbursement information is only provided for those state employees paid through OSUP. Some state employees, such as those employed through the university systems, are paid directly by those institutions.
The Pelican Institute deleted a number of law enforcement personnel working for the Dept. of Public Safety because their names were redacted out of an abundance of caution. The Division of Administration is unable to determine on its own which of those personnel, if any, may be working undercover or is involved in sensitive law enforcement activities such that revealing their name, or associating their name with overtime or reimbursements, might place an individual or an investigation in jeopardy.
All payroll data is provided for the calendar year stated, unless otherwise noted.
Vendor Payment data comes from State's Financial Accounting System, AFS, and was downloaded from the Expenditures area of the Louisiana Transparency & Accountability portal (LaTrac). http://wwwprd.doa.louisiana.gov/LaTrac/portal.cfm. The state data includes Higher Education and the Department of Transportation & Development.
All data is provided for the fiscal year stated, unless otherwise noted
State Contract data comes from the Office of Contractual Review, and was downloaded from the Expenditures area of the Louisiana Transparency & Accountability portal (LaTrac). http://wwwprd.doa.louisiana.gov/latrac/contracts/home.cfm
Contract Types (from LaTrac):
•Interagency agreements are those contracts in which each of the parties thereto is a "governmental body" as defined in R.S. 39:1484(11). R.S. 1484(11) defines "governmental body" as any department, commission, council, board, office, bureau, committee, institution, agency, government, corporation, or other establishment of the executive branch of this state.
•Intergovernmental agreements are defined in R.S. 1484(11.1) as any contract between any governmental body (defined above) and any other "governmental entity". Governmental entity is any governmental unit which is not included in the definition of "governmental body" in R.S. 39:1484(11). This includes local, parish, federal, and other state governments throughout the United States.
•Cooperative endeavor agreements are those agreements that Article VII, §14, of the Louisiana State Constitution authorizes, for a public purpose, among the state and its political subdivisions or political corporations, and with the United States or its agencies, or with any public or private association, corporation, or individual. (Executive Order BJ 2008 -29 states that “since a cooperative endeavor agreement (hereafter ”agreement)” is a form of contract, it would be in the best interest of the state of Louisiana to have all such agreements reviewed by an arm of the state that is not a party to the agreement, prior to the agreement becoming effective, in order to limit the potential for litigation over the validity of the agreement; each department, commission, board, agency, and/or office in the executive branch of the state of Louisiana (hereafter "department") shall submit all cooperative endeavor agreements (hereafter "agreements") which require the expenditure of public funds to the Office of Contractual Review for review and approval.)
•Consulting service contracts are those that include work, other than professional, personal, or social service, rendered by either individuals or firms who possess specialized knowledge, experience, and expertise to investigate assigned problems or projects and to provide counsel, review, design, development, analysis, or advice in formulating or implementing programs or services, or improvements in programs or services, including but not limited to such areas as management, personnel, finance, accounting, planning, data processing, and advertising contracts, except for printing associated therewith.
•Social service contracts are those that include work rendered by any person, firm, corporation, organization, governmental body, or governmental entity in furtherance of the general welfare of the citizens of Louisiana, including but not limited to the objectives provided for in Subsection B of the statute.
•Personal service contracts are those that include work rendered by individuals which requires use of creative or artistic skills, such as but not limited to graphic artists, sculptors, musicians, photographers, and writers, or which requires use of highly technical or unique individual skills or talents, such as but not limited to paramedicals, therapists, handwriting analysts, foreign representatives, and expert witnesses for adjudications or other court proceedings. A "foreign representative" shall mean a person in a foreign country whose education and experience qualify such person to represent the state in such foreign country.
•Professional service contracts are those that include work rendered by an independent contractor who has a professed knowledge of some department of learning or science used by its practical application to the affairs of others or in the practice of an art founded on it, which independent contractor shall include but not be limited to lawyers, doctors, dentists, psychologists, certified advanced practice nurses, veterinarians, architects, engineers, land surveyors, landscape architects, accountants, actuaries, and claims adjusters. A profession is a vocation founded upon prolonged and specialized intellectual training which enables a particular service to be rendered. The word "professional" implies professed attainments in special knowledge as distinguished from mere skill. For contracts with a total amount of compensation of fifty thousand dollars or more, the definition of "professional service" shall be limited to lawyers, doctors, dentists, psychologists, certified advanced practice nurses, veterinarians, architects, engineers, land surveyors, landscape architects, accountants, actuaries, claims adjusters, and any other profession that may be added by regulations adopted by the Office of Contractual Review of the Division of Administration.