Audit Reports Affecting Multiple Agencies
A Quarterly Report of Full-Time Equivalent State Employees For The Quarter Ending August 31, 1996
Report Number 97-702
There were 261,641 full-time equivalent (FTE) state employees for the quarter ending August
31, 1996, according to reports filed by 210 state agencies and institutions of higher education.
Key Facts and Findings
There were 242,436 full-time state employees and 44,965 part-time state employees.
In comparison to the quarter ending May 31, 1996, the number of FTE employees in state
agencies increased by 2,103, and the number of employees in state institutions of higher
education decreased by 7,358. This resulted in a net decrease of 5,255 (1.97 percent).
The largest single increase in FTE employees (5,339) occurred at the Texas Workforce
Commission as a result of the transfer of positions from the Texas Department of Commerce, the
Department of Human Services, and the now-abolished Texas Employment Commission. Other
large increases in FTE employees occurred at the Texas Department of Transportation (953), the
Parks and Wildlife Department (232), and the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station (226) as a
result of the employment of seasonal summer workers. Although not a statistically significant
increase (1.88 percent), the Texas Department of Criminal Justice experienced an increase of 728
FTE employees. This increase was a result of staffing of the Western Regional Medical Facility
and the Formby unit, a large number of correctional officers hired as a result of attrition, and
overtime hours taken and paid during the quarter.
Excluding institutions of higher education, which traditionally have lower employment levels
during the summer months, the largest decrease in FTE employees (1,182) occurred at the
Department of Human Services as a result of the transfer of approximately 1,100 employment
and child care program staff to the Texas Workforce Commission effective June 1, 1996.
After adjusting for agencies without FTE target levels and institutions of higher education by
removing them from the analysis, the number of FTE employees (153,401) in the remaining 133
agencies is 5.89 percent below the adjusted overall FTE target level of 162,432.
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