The State Worker

Bill would allow California state government job applicants to get info by email

Welcome to the 21st Century, California.

A bill cruising through the Legislature, Assembly Bill 1820, would make email the government’s default mode of communication with state job applicants, although postal delivery of job documents would remain an option.

The measure by Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, mandates that the Department of Human Resources or hiring agencies use an “electronic communication address” for job correspondence.

For several years the state has been promoting as the portal to government employment, and is in the midst of a multimillion-dollar overhaul of the website. But it responds to online job applications via parcel post.

A similar Mullin bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year allows CalSTRS to email various reports and documents. That measure, like Mullin’s latest bill, requires the state make it clear that printed and communication via parcel post remains available by request.