The 2012 Executive Budget Document
Department of Social Services [ http://www.dss.virginia.gov/ ]Mission Statement
VDSS: People helping people triumph over poverty, abuse and neglect to shape strong futures for themselves, their families, and communities.Operating Budget Summary
|General Fund||Nongeneral Fund||Personnel Cost|
|2009 Appropriation||$ 380,279,227||$ 1,417,475,684||$ 121,557,567|
|2010 Appropriation||$ 387,238,581||$ 1,449,900,233||$ 119,667,293|
|2011 Appropriation||$ 379,562,717||$ 1,539,376,280||$ 113,561,654|
|2012 Appropriation||$ 375,576,936||$ 1,517,793,080||$ 113,561,653|
|2013 Base Budget||$ 375,576,936||$ 1,517,793,080||$ 119,884,317|
|2013 Addenda||$ 11,370,481||$ (17,987,998)||$ 641,032|
|2013 Total||$ 386,947,417||$ 1,499,805,082||$ 120,525,349|
|2014 Base Budget||$ 375,576,936||$ 1,517,793,080||$ 119,884,317|
|2014 Addenda||$ 8,843,763||$ (53,427,598)||$ 681,013|
|2014 Total||$ 384,420,699||$ 1,464,365,482||$ 120,565,330|
|General Fund||Nongeneral Fund||Total Positions|
|2013 Base Budget||398.21||1,282.29||1,680.50|
|2014 Base Budget||398.21||1,282.29||1,680.50|
Recommended Operating Budget Addenda
Correct fund detail for internet crimes against children fundTransfers appropriation to properly account for the newly created internet crimes against children fund. This action will eliminate the need for an administrative budget adjustment action. This action nets to zero.
Adjust child welfare fundingAdjusts foster care and adoption subsidy program budgets to meet the anticipated expenditures for FY 2012. Based on expenditure trends and the impact of recent child welfare policy changes, this amendment captures a $1.7 million general fund savings associated with a decline in Title IV-E Foster Care expenditures, while covering an anticipated $10.1 million general fund shortfall in adoption subsidies.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ 8,400,000 $ 8,400,000 Nongeneral Fund $ 3,700,000 $ 3,700,000
Convert wage staff to full-time positions in the Office of Background InvestigationsReplaces nine wage positions with seven full-time positions in the Office of Background Investigations. All positions are supported with nongeneral fund revenue generated by the office.
FY 2013 FY 2014 Nongeneral Fund $ 101,237 $ 101,237 Authorized Positions $ 7 $ 7
Balance the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) budgetUpdates appropriation to properly account for the anticipated cost of providing mandated TANF benefits. Benefits include cash assistance payments, employment services and child care. In addition, the amendment balances the 2012-2014 TANF plan by accounting for savings in discretionary child care and reducing support for Healthy Families of Virginia, Community Action Agencies and local domestic violence grants. Domestic violence funding is replaced with general fund in a separate amendment.
FY 2013 FY 2014 Nongeneral Fund $ (6,164,233) $ (5,107,564)
Stagger the issuance of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefitsProvides one-time funding to spread out the issuance of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits over seven calendar days with payments occurring every three days (on the 1st, 4th and 7th days of the month). Implementing multiple benefit disbursements each month will relax the pressure on retailers and allow inventory to be replenished between SNAP issuances.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ 100,000 $ 0 Nongeneral Fund $ 100,000 $ 0
Eliminate unnecessary federal appropriationReduces nongeneral fund appropriation to reflect the latest revenue estimates.
FY 2013 FY 2014 Nongeneral Fund $ (69,008,024) $ (69,008,024)
Capture surplus child support enforcement general fundReduces general fund in child support enforcement to account for a projected increase in collections associated with public assistance cases.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ (2,500,000) $ (2,500,000) Nongeneral Fund $ 2,500,000 $ 2,500,000
Adjust funding to reflect changes in information technology and telecommunication chargesAdjusts the agency's budget for the general fund share of information technology and telecommunication charges based on changes in utilization, services, and rate changes approved by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission on July 1, 2010, and September 1, 2011.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ 486,400 $ 486,400
Fund cost of providing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits electronicallys monthly benefit. The amount of this contract fluctuates based on the volume of monthly transactions ACS performs.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ 286,842 $ 190,573 Nongeneral Fund $ 286,842 $ 190,573
Fund changes in state employee workers' compensation premiumsAdjusts the agency's budget for the general fund share of state employee workers' compensation premiums based on the allocation of FY 2013 and FY 2014 program costs provided by the Department of Human Resource Management. The allocation is based on the historical experience of the agency and reflects the current policy of providing agencies with 50 percent of any increased costs and allowing agencies to retain 50 percent of any reduced costs.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ (2,803) $ (2,294)
Increase nongeneral fund support of adoption subsidiesCaptures general fund savings by ensuring that all eligible adoption subsidies are supported with federal Title IV-E dollars where appropriate. The federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act allows Virginia to now claim Title IV-E reimbursement for adoption subsidies that had previously been fully supported with state dollars. The strategy also includes support for a position in each of the five regional offices to review adoption cases and to ensure compliance.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ (2,654,118) $ (2,669,941) Nongeneral Fund $ 3,208,417 $ 3,208,417 Authorized Positions $ 5 $ 5
Appropriate federal employment services fundingProvides appropriation for an increased grant award associated with the Food Stamp Employment and Training program.
FY 2013 FY 2014 Nongeneral Fund $ 151,416 $ 151,416
Reduce general fund support for discretionary child care servicesReduces general fund support for non-mandated child care subsidies. These subsidies are provided to eligible non-TANF families who can avoid receiving higher cost public assistance if they obtain child care to support their employment. The child care subsidy process has been recently automated by the department and although most of the expected savings for this initiative have been accounted for, this reduction may be offset if additional efficiencies are realized.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ (228,000) $ (220,000)
Correct fund detail for background check appropriationTransfers background check appropriation to the proper fund detail. This action will eliminate the need for an administrative budget adjustment action. This action nets to zero.
Move positions between agenciesTransfers two positions from the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to the Office of Comprehensive Services to support an agreement between the two entities. This transfer will avoid the need to move these positions administratively each year.
FY 2013 FY 2014 Authorized Positions $ 2 $ 2
Adjust appropriation to properly reflect child support enforcement revenueMoves surplus child support enforcement appropriation between fund details.
FY 2013 FY 2014 Nongeneral Fund $ 766,968 $ 766,968
Reduce the general relief programReduces support for the general relief program. General relief is a state and locally funded program that provides support for clients not qualified for federal assistance. In FY 2012, the program was reduced to only support unattached children who otherwise would enter foster care.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ (558,566) $ (558,566)
Remove regulatory languageRemoves language related to the regulation of assisted living facilities that has been incorporated into existing regulations. This action is embedded in budget bill language.
Transfer information technology savings reduction to proper service areaMoves funding from child support enforcement to cover the program's anticipated share of information technology costs. This action nets to zero.
Replace funding for domestic violence grantsProvides both general and nongeneral fund dollars to support local domestic violence grants. This funding offsets an identical amount of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) dollars that was eliminated as part of the overall strategy to balance the TANF budget. The nongeneral fund will come from the Virginia Domestic Violence Victim Fund ($500,000 each year) and the Virginia Crime Victim-Witness Fund ($500,000 each year).
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ 248,750 $ 248,750 Nongeneral Fund $ 1,000,000 $ 1,000,000
Distribute Central Appropriation amounts to agency budgetsAdjusts the agency budget to reflect amounts moved to or from Central Appropriations to cover the costs of items such as changes in retirement and other benefit contribution rates, as well as the distribution of other centrally funded items.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ 223,372 $ 223,372 Nongeneral Fund $ 869,379 $ 869,379
Move appropriation to reflect business practicesAdjusts appropriations in the agency budget to align funds to the appropriate service areas relative to the organizational structure of the agency. This action will ensure the proper accounting of current services and improve budget transparency. All adjustments net to zero and have no impact on services.
Modernize and enhance public assistance eligibility information systemss plan to meet eligibility workload pressures associated with servicing over 400,000 additional Medicaid applicants as a result of federal health care reform. The timing of the project also serves to considerably reduce its general fund cost as several of its components are expected to be eligible for 90 percent federal cost sharing.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ 6,400,000 $ 4,400,000 Nongeneral Fund $ 44,500,000 $ 8,200,000
Adjust appropriation to meet federal provisions associated with the purchase of capital assetsTransfers special fund appropriation between service areas for the purchase of capital assets. Federal regulations require that the purchase of any single item in excess of $25,000 that needs to be depreciated be capitalized. This transfer of appropriation will allow the department to appropriately account for its capital asset purchases in the subprograms where they occur. This action nets to zero.
Provide funding for the unemployed parent programFunds the estimated 2012-2014 biennial costs associated with the unemployed parent (UP) cash assistance program. The unemployed parent program provides support to eligible low-income two-parent families to ensure that their most basic subsistence needs are met. It is assumed that reductions to the UP program will create a disincentive for two-parent families while driving up Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) costs for those cases that transition to the mandated program.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ 1,253,604 $ 930,469
Eliminate funding for child advocacy centersEliminates all support for child advocacy centers in the Department of Social Services. A companion amendment in the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Resources captures the remaining $846,000 general fund.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ (85,000) $ (85,000)