By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, May. 16, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Thursday, May. 16, 2013 – 8:14 am

On Friday two state agencies will release the results of their probes into departments giving salaried managers secondary jobs that pay an hourly wage.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s human resources unit and the State Personnel Board have been auditing “additional appointments” at 11 departments.

It looks like they’ll condemn the policy.

A few weeks ago, the administration banned the practice for California state managers and supervisors, signaling auditors have uncovered some abuses.

The Bee has reported that departments have interpreted and applied the 34-year-old policy in different ways.

One department, for example, paid managers the overtime rate for hourly work they performed. Another department appointed all 101 managers in a certain work group to second hour-wage positions.

But beyond the nuts-and-bolts policy question, the audits are a laboratory test of Brown’s grand vision to re-create government, starting with how it manages people.

The state’s personnel system has limped along for years with tomes of obscure and out-of-date personnel policies, as rules and laws built up over the years like layers of paint.

About two years ago, the governor pushed through a reorganization plan aiming to clean up the state’s confusing personnel system.

The arrangement stripped the State Personnel Board, created by voters in 1934, of everything but its duty to guard the state merit system.

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