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Audit Reports Affecting Multiple Agencies

A Quarterly Report of Full-Time Equivalent State Employees For The Quarter Ending August 31, 1996

November 1996

Report Number 97-702

Overall Conclusion

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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