(a) The Commissioner shall administer a Human Resource Development Institute (HRDI or the Institute) which is responsible for the following functions:
1. Planning, development, and delivery of all training and education programs for State employees, except for programs exempted by Executive Order No. 12(1990) or by the Commissioner of Personnel through a written delegation order. The Institute shall also be responsible for the planning, development, and delivery of all evaluation (see, for example, N.J.A.C. 4A:6-4.5) and assistance programs (see, for example, N.J.A.C. 4A:6-4.3 and 4.6) for State employees.
i. Delivery of training and education programs, evaluation programs and assistance programs shall be provided by pre-approved vendors or consultants. If no pre-approved vendor or consultant is available to deliver a specific program, the Institute shall negotiate the most cost-effective contract with an outside vendor or consultant to deliver the program. Under limited circumstances, Institute staff shall deliver training.
2. Review and approval of all career development programs for State employees.
3. Management of all ancillary operations, quality control efforts, facilities, and administrative support that are allocated to State Government training programs.
4. Coordination of State service programs for employees seeking agency, career, or location changes and for employees affected by job displacement.
(b) In cooperation with State agencies, the Human Resource Development Institute shall assess State government Human Resource Development (HRD) needs and develop training and education plans and programs for each agency and for the State government as a whole. The Institute shall deliver or, consistent with (a)1i above, arrange the delivery of these programs as appropriate.
1. Neither agency employees nor outside vendors or consultants may develop or deliver training and education programs that the Institute is capable of developing or delivering, as provided in (a)1i above, without the prior written approval of the Institute director. If the Institute is not capable of developing or delivering, as provided in (a)1i above, a program of instruction that an agency needs, the institute director may authorize the agency to assign employees temporarily to develop or deliver the program, or to hire a pre-approved vendor or consultant for the same purpose. The Institute staff shall supervise and direct the delivery of any such program.
2. No State agency except the Institute may employ or retain any person whose primary duty is staff training or human resource development, except as specifically permitted by Executive Order No. 12(1990) or by the Commissioner of Personnel through a written delegation order.
(c) The Institute shall establish guidelines and procedures for career development programs, help State agencies develop these programs, and review and approve career development plans and programs.
(d) The Institute shall evaluate the results and effects of all State government HRD programs based on the following criteria:
1. Contribution to State government-wide goals and objectives.
2. Response to legitimate State government HRD needs.
3. Allocation of resources to areas of greatest need.
4. Achievement of desired changes in employee knowledge, skills, attitudes, and performance.
(e) The Institute shall maintain a comprehensive system to record the training and education experiences of its clients, including all State government employees.
(f) Each State agency may designate a customer liaison to the Institute, whose responsibilities, which shall be in addition to his or her other job assignments in the agency, shall be the following:
1. Review and approve the designation of members of the agency to participate in HRD programs, subject to eligibility criteria established by the Institute.
2. Assist the Institute in setting HRD priorities related to the agency's mission and goals.