Oregon Statutes - Chapter 293 - Administration of Public Funds - Section 293.515 - Withholding salary of state official or employee failing to settle accounts or correct delinquencies or errors in audit reports; notice and hearing; exemptions.

(1) In the discharge of the constitutional duties of Auditor of Public Accounts, the Secretary of State may certify to the Governor the failure of any state official or state employee:

(a) To settle accounts or render such statements as may be required with respect to the custody or disposition of public funds or other state property; or

(b) To correct any major delinquencies, deficiencies, improper procedures or errors appearing in audit reports within a reasonable time.

(2) Within 90 days of certification to the Governor under subsection (1) of this section, the state official or employee responsible shall notify the Secretary of State and the Governor, in writing, of the measures to be taken to settle accounts or render the statements under subsection (1)(a) of this section or to correct the delinquencies, deficiencies, improper procedures or errors in the audit reports. The Governor may extend the 90-day period for good cause.

(3) The Governor may issue an order requiring the state official or employee to correct any failure certified by the Secretary of State under subsection (1) of this section and may issue an order withholding the payment of the salary of the official or employee until the failure is corrected.

(4) An order issued by the Governor to withhold salary shall be entered only after notice, opportunity to be heard and hearing pursuant to the provisions of ORS chapter 183 governing contested cases.

(5) The provisions of this section do not apply to classified employees under the State Personnel Relations Law, the Legislative Assembly, members of the judiciary or any statewide elected official. [1979 c.612 §1]

Note: 293.515 was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 293 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

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