|Annual Report 1998|
The Human Resources office maintained programs essential to support the department's personnel objectives. These included workforce planning, classification, compensation, recruitment, salary and benefit administration, awards programs, employee relations and contract administration, performance assessment reviews, personnel policy and procedures, development and training coordination.
The department's FY98 adjusted budget for direct state services was $9,080,000 with grants-in-aid funding of $1,543,000. State aid for the year amounted to $7,004,000 while capital funding of $415,000 enabled the department to undertake improvements at the Horse Park of New Jersey and equipment upgrades in the Division of Animal Health.
Dedicated funding remained essentially at previous year's levels. Federal funds, however, showed a dramatic increase, rising to $178,161,000 with the addition of the Child Nutrition Program.
The fiscal section continued to monitor compliance with all applicable state statutes and regulations and ensured that financial transactions were accurate and reasonable and that sufficient internal controls were in place throughout the department.
During the year, the Information Processing Unit (IPU) undertook a number of projects aimed at helping the department keep pace with rapidly changing information processing technology, such as new computer platforms, new client database programs, electronic market news reporting and geographic imaging systems (GIS) technology.
Changes proposed and implemented will significantly reduce the department's computer maintenance costs, increase system flexibility, improve the accuracy of program mailing lists, provide for more timely dissemination of vital market information and expand the management and planning capabilities of the department's many land use-related programs.
This year IPU also completed its assessment of the department's ability to meet the demands of the Year 2000 challenge, upgrading both hardware and software systems to ensure Y2K compliance.
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