This section provides some general guides concerning decentralizing the operations
of State Agencies.
DDSs have the flexibility to determine and act on their own needs within certain parameters.
Any space obtained for decentralization must be viewed as permanent; consequently, the same space requirements as outlined in DI 39527.005 must be followed for any decentralized space. The same holds true for equipment,
systems, communications, etc.
Even though the DDS may establish a clear need for decentralization, the advantages
and disadvantages may indicate that a current decentralization is neither feasible
nor desirable. All factors should be carefully considered prior to reaching a firm
Cost-effectiveness of decentralization beyond the initial cost of moving and other one-time expenses
is a major consideration. For example, increased cost of additional space may not be excessive when compared
to costs of increasing space at the DDS's existing location.
The ongoing cost of a decentralized operation should ultimately be absorbable in a
total DDS budget without significantly exceeding the cost of a similar operation in
a single or central location.
Moreover, while the initial cost is a one-time expenditure, it should be within a
range comparable to the cost of expanding at the original site (excluding the actual
physical move and related costs).