In case you missed it, a new audit says that California state departments illegally pad their budgets by manipulating their payroll data so that it looks like they have more employees than they do. The widespread scheme transfers employees into vacant job slots long enough to circumvent a law that requires budgeted money for positions that go unfilled for six months must be returned to the funding source.
The employees who were moved around don’t didn’t anything wrong. In fact, it’s likely most didn’t know they had been “transferred” because the transaction is strictly clerical.
The audit was prompted by this 2014 Sacramento Bee report, which explains in detail why departments circumvent the law.
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Call Jon Ortiz, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1043.