The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 29, 2013
The Roundup: Embezzler rehired by California state government; governors want civil service changes

HA_newspapers3808.JPGRule change helped thief return to state of California payroll
Two questions removed from most civil service job applications three years ago allowed an embezzler to return to state government work after she went to prison for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from another agency. - The Sacramento Bee

States Overhaul Civil Service Rules
State civil service rules originated a century ago to prevent incoming governors from replacing state workers with their political supporters. Now a handful of governors are working to change those rules, saying they make it difficult to hire and retain the right employees and to fire anyone -- even the worst underperformers. - Stateline

Audits: State workers didn't go extra mile - only got paid for it
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Two state audits released Wednesday urged the Department of Public Instruction and the Department of Insurance to seek repayment from employees who obtained improper mileage reimbursements. - WRAL

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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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