Friday, March 3, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


Adam Ashton, The Sacramento Bee

Doctors at a dozen understaffed prisons stand to gain a 24 percent pay hike over the next four years in a tentative contract for the last state government union working without a labor agreement.

The agreement for the 1,500 workers represented by the Union of American Physicians and Dentists includes a modest general salary increase worth a combined 9 percent through July 1, 2019. That’s consistent with contracts Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration struck with 15 other bargaining units over the past year.


Morgan Cook, The San Diego Union-Tribune

A  library employee at California State University Fresno may have cost taxpayers $22,200 in time he wasted using his work computer to visit 48,000 webpages for online videos and games unrelated to his duties during a 13-month period, according to a state audit released Thursday.

Also, an employee with the California Department of Transportation cost taxpayers an estimated $4,300 by misusing 130 hours of state time for excessive smoke breaks and extended lunches during her workdays over an eight-month period.

In California, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Franchise Tax Board, and the Department of Health Care Services have tackled the move away from analog processes — and it's done wonders for their organizations.
Eyragon Eidam, Government Technology

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Despite the many tech advances government has made to become more efficient and effective, its historically analog ways remain a sticking point in a world that expects instantaneous access to clear channels of data. And these systems, built on physical documents, have proven to stifle the evolution of the next stages of government.

In some agencies, employees are unable to work from the field; they're still tied to offices across town, and customers looking to interact with their government are forced to stand in lines or clog phone lines to get access to services.

At some point, all agencies will need to make the digital transformation, and during a panel discussion at the California Public Sector CIO Academy* on March 1, leaders of three California state agencies shared the benefits that came with their respective digital transformations.