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An Audit Report Affecting Multiple Agencies

A Quarterly Report of Full-Time Equivalent State Employees

For the Quarter Ending February 28, 1998

May 1998

Report Number 98-705

Overall Conclusion

There were 269,085 full-time equivalent (FTE) state employees for the quarter ending February 28, 1998, based on reports submitted by 214 agencies and institutions of higher education. There were 245,636 full-time state employees and 72,245 part-time state employees. The State also used the services of 23,835 consultants and contractors as of the last working day of the quarter.

Key Facts and Findings

Compared to the previous quarter, overall FTEs decreased by less than one percent with a total decrease of 2,275 FTEs.

In comparison to the second quarter of 1997, state employment has remained nearly constant with an overall net decrease of less than one tenth of one percent (150 FTEs).

Total statewide employment has increased by almost 10 percent (over 23,000 FTEs) over the past five years. This increase was due to a 58 percent increase (nearly 16,000 FTEs) at the Department of Criminal Justice and a 12 percent increase (over 12,500 FTEs) among institutions of higher education.

Seven agencies exceeded their FTE caps without approval from the Legislative Budget Board and the Governor's Office. Explanations from these agencies are included. Three of these seven agencies exceeded their FTE caps by less than 1/10 of an FTE.

The overall statewide management-to-staff ratio was 1 manager to 13.82 staff. Agencies and institutions of higher education with fewer than 100 employees averaged a 1 manager to 5.33 staff ratio. All other agencies averaged a 1 manager to 11.09 staff ratio. The ratio for all other institutions of higher education was 1 manager to 18.57 staff.

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