Section 5. (a) The department shall be organized and shall function as a single state agency for administrative purposes including, but not limited to, for the purposes of the accounting and financial system of the commonwealth. The secretary shall, notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, identify and consolidate administrative activities and functions common to the separate offices, and divisions within the department and may designate such functions 'core administrative functions' in order to improve administrative efficiency and preserve fiscal resources; provided, however, that common functions that shall be designated core administrative functions shall include, but shall not be limited to, human resources, financial management, information technology, legal, procurement and asset management. All employees performing functions so designated shall be employed directly by the secretary.
The department may enter into agreements under section 22A and 22B of chapter 7 and in all respects not governed by general or special laws expressly made applicable to the department shall adhere to good business practices to be determined by the department in its procurement of equipment, materials, property, supplies and services.
(b) On December 15 and at 6-month intervals thereafter, the secretary shall report to the joint committee on transportation, the house and senate committees on bonding, capital expenditures and state assets and the house and senate committees on ways and means on the department's progress in implementing the requirements of this section, the operating and capital expenditures made by the department in implementing the requirements of this section and on the administrative savings that have been achieved through the implementation of the requirements of this section.
(c) The secretary shall appoint a manager to serve as director of system integration, whose primary responsibility shall be to develop a plan and oversee the implementation of the merger and integration of the organizations and assets comprising the department.
In advance of each fiscal year, the director of system integration shall develop an annual information technology plan concerning the topics identified in the preceding sentence, the development of new systems for the department and the development of applications for existing systems at the department. The plan shall be delivered to the chief executive officer of the department, the chief information officer of the commonwealth, the chairs of the house and senate committees on ways and means, the chairs of the house and senate committees on bonding, capital expenditures and state assets and the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on transportation.