State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) for California for 2014 - 2016
Part II: Narrative: Section 5 - Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
5.1 Resource plan
5.1A Describe the resource plan prepared by the SILC in conjunction with the DSU for the provision of resources, including staff and personnel, made available under parts B and C of chapter 1 of title VII, section 101(a)(18) of the Act, and from other public and private sources that may be necessary to carry out the functions of the SILC identified in section 705(c). The description must address the three years of this SPIL.
- Refer to the SPIL Instructions for more information about completing this section.
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SILC Personnel/Benefits $256,000
In State Travel $26,321
Out of State Travel $5,000
Facilities Operation $51,312
Consultants/Professional Services (Internal) $87,796
Consultants/Professional Services (External) $56,000
IT expenses $10,500
Total SILC $574,000
5.1B Describe how the following SILC resource plan requirements will be addressed.
- The SILC's responsibility for the proper expenditure of funds and use of resources that it receives under the resource plan.
The SILC's use of fiscal resources is governed by state regulations and control agencies including the Department of Finance, the Department of General Services and the State Controller. These agencies independently monitor use of these funds and require accountability of the SILC for the disposition of funding.
- Non-inclusion of conditions or requirements in the SILC resource plan that may compromise the independence of the SILC.
The SILC Resource Plan, developed by SILC staff and approved by the Council, is identified in advance for each of the three years of the State Plan. That resource plan is set at a level that enables the SILC to meet its obligation to maintain autonomy, compensate staff and members, enhance public access to and participation in all SILC activities, and to support meetings and Council member and staff leadership at the state and national levels. Funds are distributed to the SILC through an Inter-Agency agreement with the DSU, which allows for timely transfer of funds.
- Reliance, to the maximum extent possible, on the use of resources in existence during the period of implementation of the State plan.
The SILC and the DSU rely on the continuation of federal funding under Title VII B to support the varied activities and grants listed in this plan. Any unexpended funds in a fiscal year are available to fund obligations in following years.
5.2 Establishment and Placement
Describe how the establishment and placement of the SILC ensures its independence with respect to the DSU and all other State agencies. Refer to the SPIL Instructions for more information about completing this section.
The SILC was established as an independent state agency by Governor’s Executive Order in 1996. The SILC works in partnership with the DSU, and is not affiliated with any other state agencies. The SILC contracts with the Department of General Services for some support services, such as personnel, fiscal services, legal, real estate, etc
5.3 Appointment and Composition
Describe the process used by the State to appoint members to the SILC who meet the composition requirements in section 705(b). Refer to the SPIL Instructions for more information about completing this section.
The Governor appoints all SILC members from a pool of candidates recruited or nominated by the SILC, DSU and many of our partners. The Governor’s appointments staff communicates with the SILC executive director and DSU director periodically to assure that members represent the diversity of the state in ethnicity, disability and geographic demographics.
The DSU and SILC assure that we will take the necessary actions to ensure that the SILC meets the criteria set forth in Section 705 by September 30, 2013.
Describe how the following SILC staffing requirements will be met.
- SILC supervision and evaluation, consistent with State law, of its staff and other personnel as may be necessary to carry out its functions.
The SILC executive director is an exempt state employee, and is hired and evaluated annually by the Council. The executive director, in turn, hires, evaluates and supervises other SILC staff members, who are state civil service employees.
- Non-assignment of duties to SILC staff and other personnel made available by the DSU, or any other State agency or office, that would create a conflict of interest while assisting the SILC in carrying out its duties.
SILC staff work only on SILC duties, at the direction of the Council.