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Audit Reports Affecting Multiple Agencies

A Quarterly Report of Full-Time Equivalent State Employees for the Quarter Ending May 31, 1998

July 1998

Overall Conclusion

There were 271,987 full-time equivalent (FTE) state employees for the quarter ending May 31, 1998, based on reports submitted by 214 agencies and institutions of higher education. There were 245,151 full-time state employees and 60,215 part-time state employees. The State also used the services of 26,576 consultants and contractors as of the last working day of the quarter. This report does not include data from the Texas Lottery Commission since we had not received its data at the time of printing.

Key Facts and Findings

  • Compared to the previous quarter, overall FTEs increased by one percent with a total of 2,902 FTEs.
  • In comparison to the third quarter of 1997, state employment has remained nearly constant with an overall decrease of less than one-tenth of one percent (57 FTEs).
  • Total statewide employment has increased by almost 10 percent (more than 23,000 FTEs) over the past five years. This increase was due to a 57 percent increase (more than 15,000 FTEs) at the Department of Criminal Justice and a 14 percent increase (more than 14,000 FTEs) among institutions of higher education.
  • Eight agencies exceeded their FTE caps without approval from the Legislative Budget Board and the Office of the Governor. Explanations from these agencies are included.
  • The overall statewide management-to-staff ratio was 1 manager to 13.67 staff. Agencies and institutions of higher education with fewer than 100 employees averaged a 1 manager to 5.28 staff ratio. All other agencies averaged a 1 manager to 10.82 staff ratio. The ratio for all other institutions of higher education was 1 manager to 19.15 staff.

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