State is not following policies for hiring retired annuitants

Published: Thursday, May. 2, 2013 - 10:05 am

Re "Why does state need so many double-dippers?" (Editorials, April 29): The practice of hiring retired annuitants back into many executive positions is not prohibited by state Department of Human Resources policies. What is prohibited is bringing back retired executives and paying them at the levels they retired from unless they are filling approved positions established by the State Personnel Board.

For other retired individuals who return back as annuitants in other classes, the pay earned must be based on the level of duties they are performing. There are many retired annuitants who are being paid at much higher amounts than the level of duties they perform. The state has failed to properly audit these positions over the years since the policies were established 13 years ago. Hundreds of thousands of dollars, even millions, have been wasted. Cronyism and lack of management control are the reasons.

-- Alfonso Ramirez, Sacramento

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