The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 13, 2011
Column Extra: More about state personal service contracts

With just 400 to 450 words for our weekly State Worker column, some of what we learn each week never sees print. Column Extras give you the notes, the quotes and the observations that inform what's published.

Our column in today's fiber/cyber Bee about a new law governing state personal services contracts invalidations distills information from several sources:

The State Auditor's awkwardly-titled, "Departments of Health Care Services and Public Health: Their Actions Reveal Flaws in the State's Oversight of the California Constitution's Implied Civil Service Mandate and in the Departments' Contracting for Information Technology Services."

Assembly Bill 740, which is intended to add heft to State Personnel Board decisions that invalidate personnel contracts.

An AB 740 fact sheet published by the bill's author, Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield, D-Woodland Hills.

A May 18, 2011 letter and attachments from SEIU Local 1000 attorney Anne Giese to state Personnel Board Chief Counsel Chian He, laying out the union's concerns about food service contracting at two Veterans Affairs facilities.

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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