2007 ORS 179.040¹
General powers and duties

(1) The Department of Corrections and the Department of Human Services shall:

(a) Govern, manage and administer the affairs of the public institutions and works within their respective jurisdictions.

(b) Enter into contracts for the planning, erection, completion and furnishings of all new buildings or additions at their respective institutions.

(c) Subject to any applicable provisions of ORS 279A.125 (Preference for recycled materials), 279A.255 (Inspection, appraisal and inventory of state property), 279A.275 (Leasing of state property), 279A.280 (Disposal of surplus property), 279A.285 (Disposition of moneys received as payment for repair or replacement of damaged, destroyed, lost or stolen property), 279A.290 (Miscellaneous receipts accounts), 279B.025 (Procurement practices regarding recyclable and reusable goods), 279B.240 (Exclusion of recycled oils prohibited), 279B.270 (State contracting agencies to use recovered resources and recycled materials), 279B.275 (Purchase of goods containing recycled polyethylene material), 279B.280 (Use of recycled products when economically feasible) and 283.110 (Furnishing by state agency to another state agency of services, facilities and materials) to 283.395 (Driving state-owned vehicles for private purposes prohibited), enter into contracts for the purchase of supplies for their respective institutions.

(d) Make and adopt rules, not inconsistent with law, for the guidance of the Department of Corrections or the Department of Human Services and for the government of their respective institutions.

(2) The Department of Corrections and the Department of Human Services, respectively, may:

(a) Sue and plead in all courts of law and equity.

(b) Perform all legal and peaceful acts requisite and necessary for the successful management and maintenance of the institutions within their respective jurisdictions. [Amended by 1967 c.419 §57; 1969 c.597 §18; 1969 c.706 §63; 1987 c.320 §107; 2001 c.900 §27; 2003 c.794 §200]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 179—Administration of State Institutions, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­179.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.