California Governor Jerry Brown wants to merge two state personnel agencies. He says it will cut back on bureaucracy and save money. Governor Brown’s proposal would combine the State Personnel Board and the Department of Personnel Administration into a new single entity. It would be called the California Department of Human Resources.
The Governor calls the current personnel management systems redundant and disjointed. He notes that a number of studies have called for the merger. He says the reorganization would reduce the number of positions by 15 to 20 percent and save close to six million dollars.
Brown’s plan must be submitted to the legislature. Lawmakers will then have 60 days to consider it. Unless they reject it, it goes into effect July first, 2012.
Brown’s move is the latest in a series of cost-cutting measures that have included cutting back on cell phone and vehicle use by state employees and a hiring freeze.