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An Audit Report Affecting Multiple Agencies

A Quarterly Report of Full-Time Equivalent State Employees

For the Quarter Ending August 31, 1998

November 1998

Report Number 99-701

Overall Conclusion

There were 264,460 full-time equivalent state employees (FTEs) for the quarter ending August 31, 1998, based on reports submitted by 214 agencies and institutions of higher education. There were 242,986 full-time state employees and 45,919 part-time state employees. The State also used the services of 28,056 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 2.88 percent with a total decrease of 7,833 FTEs, mainly as a result of decreased summer enrollment at colleges and universities.

  • In comparison to the fourth quarter of fiscal year 1997, state employment has remained constant with a decrease of .18 percent (484 FTEs).

  • Total statewide employment has increased by almost 7.5 percent (over 18,000 FTEs) over the past five years. This increase was due in part to a 50 percent increase (nearly 18,000 FTEs) at public safety and criminal justice agencies and a 10.9 percent increase (almost 11,000 FTEs) among institutions of higher education. During this same time period, health and human services agencies decreased by 11.7 percent (over 7,000 FTEs).

  • Four agencies exceeded their quarterly FTE caps, and 29 higher education institutions exceeded their annual FTE caps without approval from the Legislative Budget Board and the Office of the Governor. Explanations from the agencies are included.

  • The overall statewide management-to-staff ratio was 1 manager to 13.32 staff members. Agencies and institutions of higher education with fewer than 100 employees averaged a ratio of 1 manager to 5.56 staff members. All other agencies averaged a ratio of 1 manager to 11.35 staff members. The ratio for all other institutions of higher education was 1 manager to 17.04 staff members.

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