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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 14, 2010
Column Extra: Read the Department of Social Services memos

101014 john wagner.jpgSpace constraints limit our State Worker column on Thursdays to roughly 425 words, so much of what we learn in the ramp-up to writing never sees print. Column Extras give State Worker blog users more information -- the notes, the quotes and the documents that inform the weekly feature.

Our column in today's fiber/cyber Bee looks at one small sliver of state government, the Department of Social Services, and how a well-intentioned Monday e-mail from Director John Wagner illustrates confusion, even at the highest levels, over how the 2010-11 budget and state employee furloughs.

Click here to read Wagner's Monday memo to the troops. Here's the text of the e-mail issued on Wednesday to reel in the incorrect info.

From: CDSS Official Announcements@DSS
Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 8:25 AM
To: Outlook CDSS

October 13, 2010




On Monday we sent a memo outlining Budget and employee compensation provisions of the budget. For employee compensation, the Department of Personnel Administration (DPA) has indicated that they are putting together clarifying information on the various components. As we indicated in our memo on Monday some of the employee compensation information we provided may change because compensation is addressed in several different agreements. DPA has indicated that they will issue more information by the end of the week.

PHOTO: Department of Social Services Director John Wagner

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