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3 N.J.A.R. 219

Groome, Kenneth J. v. Employees' Award Committee, New Jersey State
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Citation: 3 N.J.A.R. 219
Decision Date: 1981
Synopsis: Kenneth J. Groome, an employee of the State Division of Taxa- tion, submitted two suggestions to the New Jersey State Employees' Awards Committee with respect to improved procedures he proposed for the Division of Taxation. The Department of Treasury State Employees' Award Committee recommended that both awards be rejected and that Groome not be considered eligible for an award for these suggestions under the State Employees' Awards Program. As a result, a hearing was held before an administrative law judge. The administrative law judge noted that the respondent urged two grounds for Groome's ineligibility for an award: 1) under N.J.S.A. 11:2C-1 et seq., only suggestions which reduce costs to the State are eligible for an award--suggestions which enhance the realization of revenues are not; 2) Groome's job included responsibility for consid- ering ways to enhance the collection of revenues from the taxes with which his unit dealt. The administrative law judge found that Groome's two suggestions do not simply involve raising revenues, but, rather involve structural improvements in the procedures and methods of the Division of Taxation. Additionally, after a review of Groome's job description, the judge found that Groome's position did not include responsibility for the correction of underpayments--the problem to which his sug- gestions were addressed. Accordingly, the administrative law judge concluded that Groome's suggestions qualified for the State Employees' Awards Program and ordered that an award of $8,600 be paid to Groome. Kenneth J. Groome, Pro Se Michael L. Di!!er, Deputy Attorney General for Respondent, (Ju- dith Yaskin, Acting Attorney General of New Jersey, Attorney)