CalPERS says the practice is legal, above-board and saved $1.6 million by avoiding more expensive options such as hiring and training new employees or contracting outside consultants. The fund gave the hourly positions to salaried employees, including managers, who could lend a hand with severe customer service and computer system backlogs.
The fund suspended the policy last week, saying that sensationalized media coverage had created a distraction from its work and that it planned to phase the program out in June anyway.
Bonta chairs the Assembly Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security. His office sent this email after we asked for a follow up on his joint statement with Assembly Speaker John A. PÃ©rez about the dual appointments.
Last week I was concerned to learn that some CalPERS managers were paid through the use of an Additional Appointments program for implementing their new pension fund computer system.
The Additional Appointments program is susceptible to many different legal interpretations; and this week, CalPERS suspended use of the program until they receive further clarification on the policy.
As Chair of the Assembly Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security, my goal is to find out how widespread the practice was, the classifications of employees who participated in the practice, and whether or not other public agencies have used this as a method of dealing with workload issues.
I also plan to discuss the matter at my committee's upcoming orientation hearing next week.
In addition to gathering the facts about exactly what happened to create the issue, we want to ensure that any rules regarding the use of Additional Appointments were properly adhered to by CalPERS.