Subdivision 1. Rulemaking authority.
Subject to chapter 14, the commissioner may adopt,
amend, and rescind rules relating to any purpose, responsibility, or authorization in this chapter.
Rules adopted must comply with any provisions in this chapter which specify or restrict the
adoption of particular rules.
Subd. 2. Powers and duties, general.
Subject to other provisions of this chapter, the
commissioner is authorized to:
(1) supervise, control, review, and approve all state contracts and purchasing;
(2) provide agencies with supplies and equipment and operate all central store or supply
rooms serving more than one agency;
(3) investigate and study the management and organization of agencies, and reorganize them
when necessary to ensure their effective and efficient operation;
(4) manage and control state property, real and personal;
(5) maintain and operate all state buildings, as described in section
16B.24, subdivision 1
(6) supervise, control, review, and approve all capital improvements to state buildings and
the capitol building and grounds;
(7) provide central duplicating, printing, and mail facilities;
(8) oversee publication of official documents and provide for their sale;
(9) manage and operate parking facilities for state employees and a central motor pool
for travel on state business;
(10) establish and administer a State Building Code; and
(11) provide rental space within the capitol complex for a private day care center for children
of state employees. The commissioner shall contract for services as provided in this chapter. The
commissioner shall report back to the legislature by October 1, 1984, with the recommendation
to implement the private day care operation.
Subd. 3. Delegation from governor.
The governor, unless otherwise provided by law, may
delegate to the commissioner the administration of programs and projects of the Office of the
Governor directed by either state or federal law, or which may be made available to the state under
a grant of funds either public or private. Unless specifically prohibited by law, the governor may
delegate to the commissioner general supervision of any program or activity of any agency the
head of which is either appointed by the governor or by a gubernatorially appointed board. The
provisions of this subdivision shall not be construed as authority to transfer programs or activities,
or part of them, from one department to another.
Subd. 4. Mission; efficiency.
It is part of the department's mission that within the
department's resources the commissioner shall endeavor to:
(1) prevent the waste or unnecessary spending of public money;
(2) use innovative fiscal and human resource practices to manage the state's resources and
operate the department as efficiently as possible;
(3) coordinate the department's activities wherever appropriate with the activities of other
(4) use technology where appropriate to increase agency productivity, improve customer
service, increase public access to information about government, and increase public participation
in the business of government;
(5) utilize constructive and cooperative labor-management practices to the extent otherwise
required by chapters 43A and 179A;
(6) report to the legislature on the performance of agency operations and the accomplishment
of agency goals in the agency's biennial budget according to section
16A.10, subdivision 1
(7) recommend to the legislature appropriate changes in law necessary to carry out the
mission and improve the performance of the department.
History: 1984 c 485 s 1; 1984 c 544 s 9; 1984 c 655 art 2 s 13 subd 1; 1995 c 248 art 11 s 2;
1998 c 359 s 2; 1998 c 366 s 26; 2005 c 156 art 5 s 3