The provisions of Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11150) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code apply to the department, and the director is the head of the department within the meaning of such provisions. The director shall perform all duties, exercise all powers, discharge all responsibility, and administer and enforce all laws, rules, and regulations under the jurisdiction of the department. The director shall keep all books and records necessary for proper and efficient administration of the department. In order to assist in the administration of the department’s loan and grant programs, the director may appoint committees of department employees
and public representatives, the latter to serve without compensation except for reimbursement of expenses pursuant to law.