See also: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records; Arizona Department of Weights and Measures
The Arizona Department of Administration (ADOA) was established by Laws 1972, Chapter 141. Statutory authority for ADOA is found at A.R.S. §§41-701 et seq. Administrative rules are found at A.A.C. R2-1-401 et seq.
The purpose of ADOA is to provide support to the operation of state government. ADOA provides centralized support services to agencies, enabling the agencies to focus on their specific mission. ADOA also takes a leadership role in developing and implementing statewide solutions for efficiency (ADOA Strategic Plan).
ADOA is headed by a director, appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate, and serves at the pleasure of the Governor (A.R.S. §41-701).
ADOA is currently made up of the following divisions: General Accounting Office; General Services Division; State Procurement Office; Grants and Federal Resources; Governor’s Regulatory Review Council; Risk Management; Arizona Strategic Enterprise Technology Office; Human Resources Division; Benefit Services Division (https://doa.az.gov/divisions, retrieved 2018).
The agency currently administers several programs that were initially established as stand-alone agencies, as described in the History section that follows.
Governor McFarland’s state of the state address January 9, 1956 described the work of the “Arizona Surplus Property Agency,” an interim committee for distribution of surplus government property to schools, hospitals and other public institutions. He recommended the interim committee be made permanent. Laws 1956, Chapter 6 created the agency to provide information and assistance to eligible agencies to acquire federal surplus property. The law outlined duties and responsibilities of the agency; appropriated $50,000 to the Surplus Property Revolving Fund and transferred records and property from the agency established by Executive Order Number 55-N, dated July 27, 1955. The agency operated under the direction of the State Auditor, the State Treasurer and the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Laws 1960, Chapter 97 established a State Department of Public Buildings Maintenance, outlined its powers and duties and provided for a superintendent appointed by the Governor to a five-year term. The Superintendent was responsible for capitol grounds and 25 specifically named offices. Unexpended funds made to the Capitol Buildings and Grounds were transferred to the Superintendent.
Laws 1968, Chapter 200 established the State Personnel Commission consisting of five members appointed by the Governor. The law transferred certain records, property and unexpended funds from the Merit System Board and Council to the Commissioner.
Laws 1972, Chapter 141 repealed Chapter 4 of Title 41, and enacted new Articles 1 through 8 of Chapter 4, Title 41, establishing the Department of Administration with an effective date of July 1, 1973. ADOA succeeded to powers and duties of the Department of Library and Archives, the Department of Public Buildings Maintenance, the Department of Finance, the State Personnel Commission, the Surplus Property Agency, the Board of History and Archives, and the Historical Advisory Commission. ADOA was originally organized into the following divisions: Data Processing; Finance; Library, Archives and Public Records; Personnel Administration; Public Buildings Maintenance; and Surplus Property.
Laws 1974, Chapter 200 converted the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures (DWM) to a division within the ADOA and transferred records, funds and personnel from DWM to ADOA. (Note: See history of the Department of Weights and Measures.)
Laws 1976, Chapter 104 removed the division of Library, Archives, and Public Records from ADOA and transferred related records, funds and personnel. The law established the Arizona Department of Library, Archives and Public Records within the Legislative branch. (Note: see history of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records.)
Laws 1982, Chapter 262, authorized the continuation of ADOA for ten years and included a legislative intent clause stating the “objectives of the department of administration are to oversee in a responsible, efficient, and effective manner state operations concerning automation, finance, personnel, public buildings, surplus property, weights and measures, and risk management.” Additionally, “Data Processing” was changed to “Automation” and the division of Risk Management was added.
Laws 1983, Chapter 98 was a lengthy measure that removed statutory references to specific ADOA divisions and instead gave the director authority to establish, abolish, or reorganize the positions or organizational units within the Department. In addition, the law transferred the authority to create personnel rules from the Personnel Board to the ADOA Director. That same year, Laws 1983, Chapter 316 required the ADOA Director to administer emergency telecommunication services and to recommend to the Joint Legislative Tax Committee the annual excise tax for the following year.
Laws 1987, Chapter 314, created the Department of Weights and Measures as a separate agency, thus removing the authority for weights and measures from ADOA. Note: See history for Department of Weights and Measures for information on that agency and subsequent transfer of responsibilities in 2015.
Laws 1996, Chapter 256, added A.R.S. §41-703 which specified the duties of the Director and modified existing provisions related to travel reductions plans; liability claims; collection of rental fees; and capital improvement plans.
Laws 1999, Chapter 300 was an omnibus bill that made numerous modifications to the functions and duties of the ADOA. Those changes related to alternative fuels, state vehicles, employee benefits, accounting and budgeting, the Governor’s Regulatory Review Commission five-year-review reports, the appeals process, an extension to finalize the proposed Agricultural monument in Wesley Bolin Plaza, prison sites, and changed the name of the State Personnel Commission to the Human Resources Division.
Laws 2008, Chapter 73 authorized the ADOA Director to administer and distribute monies from the Racing Investigation Fund, which are made according to instructions from the Director of the Arizona Department of Racing. Note: the Arizona Department of Racing was combined with the Arizona Department of Gaming in 2015. See related histories.
Laws 2012, Chapter 321, added Article 4, creating the State Personnel System, overseen by the State Personnel Board.
Laws 2017, Chapter 138 allowed an individual to petition the Governor’s Regulatory Review Council (GRRC) to review a final rule adopted by a state agency and determine if the rule complies with statutory rulemaking requirements. The measure also outlined the procedures GRRC must follow to make a determination. If GRRC determines the rule does not meet rulemaking requirements, the rule is void. Each agency and the Secretary of State must post a notice on their website of an individual’s right to petition GRRC.
Laws 2018, Chapter 337 established a process to allow a person to petition GRRC to review an existing agency practice, substantive policy statement, final rule or licensing requirement. After review, GRRC may modify, revise or void any practice, policy statement, final rule or licensing requirement.
A second measure enacted in 2018 repealed the Governmental Mall Commission and transferred its authority and responsibilities to ADOA. The measure also established the Capitol Mall Consolidation Fund and appropriated monies from the proceeds of the sale of specified state-owned properties to the Fund. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee must approve or deny contracts that would place a light rail station within the governmental mall. See Laws 2018, Chapter 279.
- Arizona Revised Statutes §§41-701 et seq.
- Session Laws
- Laws 1956, Chapter 6
- Laws 1960, Chapter 97
- Laws 1968, Chapter 200
- Laws 1972, Chapter 141
- Laws 1974, Chapter 200
- Laws 1976, Chapter 104
- Laws 1982, Chapter 262
- Laws 1983, Chapter 98 and Chapter 316
- Laws 1987, Chapter 314
- Laws 1996, Chapter 256
- Laws 1999, Chapter 300
- Laws 2008, Chapter 73
- Laws 2012, Chapter 321
- Laws 2017, Chapter 138
- Laws 2018, Chapter 279 and Chapter 337
Governor McFarland Executive Order No. 55-N. July 27, 1955.
Related collections at Arizona State Archives:
- Record Group 8 – Department of Administration
- Record Group 15 – State Auditor (precursor to Department of Finance)
- Record Group 33 – Board of Curators
- Record Group 62 – Board of Control (precursor to Public Buildings)
- Record Group 71 – Personnel Commission
- Record Group 83 – Surplus Property Purchasing Agency