Archive for Thursday, March 10, 2011

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback issues executive order to streamline HR operations

March 10, 2011


— Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has issued an executive order that he says will streamline his administration's human resources operations.

The order requires all human resources officers within the executive branch, but outside the state university system, to report directly to the director of personnel services within the Department of Administration.

Brownback says his goal is to see that human resources policies across state agencies are uniform. He says such uniformity will ensure that state employees are treated fairly and will make state government more efficient.

He says he's directed the Division of Personnel Services within the Department of Administration to draft uniform human resources policies for all executive branch agencies outside the university system.


WilburM 7 years, 1 month ago

Far from deck chairs on the Titanic. This is a very significant centralization of gubernatorial authority. Although the symbolic word is "streamline," the real intent is to produce greater control. Can a centralized system really hire better across many diverse agencies than the agencies themselves? Pretty doubtful. But you can check for political loyalty a lot more easily. In the end, this is more a political move than one that produces stronger employees. Indeed, I'll bet it's quite the reverse.

littlexav 7 years, 1 month ago

I strongly disagree. Currently, different departments and agencies have completely independent HR managers who only report to the DA in name. Although, we have the luxury of a million emails from the DA that have absolutely nothing to do with us. And each HR department gets to set its own rules, but it also has to independently create its own documents, flyers, handouts, etc.

Regardless, this will ensure that policies from one department to the next, and across agencies, are the same. This will create equality in hiring practices as well as disciplinary procedures, but also better coordination of healthcare open enrollment, annual training, and a host of other HR-related functions.

In my humble opinion, it's a great idea.

Bob_Keeshan 7 years, 1 month ago

Basically Brownback is trying to recreate the federal bureaucracy in Kansas.

All this order does is throw up extra approvals and extra red tape. It won't keep agencies from hiring, it will just make the process slower and more expensive thanks to extra time filling out forms and getting extra "approval".

I thought Secretary of Administration was supposed to be the "repealer". So far, he is doing exactly the opposite.

johnnyreb 7 years, 1 month ago

"recreate the federal bureaucracy in Kansas"??? Quite the opposite........Let the layoffs begin! Layoffs will be much easier to administer from a central authority.

somebodynew 7 years, 1 month ago

I thought this was the party of "LESS Government".??? Let us just make more jobs for our lawyer friends (emphasis on friends).

akuna 7 years, 1 month ago

LOL. Streamlining HR by creating uniform policies and centralized control can save money for the Governor's Office, but the same tactic applied to healthcare is horribly wasteful. Get real.

Hong_Kong_Phooey 7 years, 1 month ago

One would think that an executive order would not be needed for such an obvious thing; then again, we are talking about the government.

goodcountrypeople 7 years, 1 month ago

KU's HR staff probably could not be more brutally unfair and dishonest even if they reported to Governor Brownback--basically licensed criminals.

ResQd 7 years, 1 month ago

It sounds like they're excluding KU, which is a shame, they need to be held accountable for some of there unfair practices.

preebo 7 years, 1 month ago

Realistically, this is actually going to make the state less effective in service delivery and operations and perform even less efficiently. Centralizing Human Resources has been largely phased out over the past few decades, as organizations have found that strategic management of personnel gets better results. Allowing the HR managers a more specific focus on the particulars of each specific agency ensures you get better people in the positions available.

Because as we know, The Department of Transportation and all its functions differ only slightly from those at Social Services, or Dept. of Ag and Commerce for that matter.

You want to have state government run more like the private sector, you don't do this.

While this might cut short term costs, in the form of job cuts (those people file unemployment claims - so we're clear) it will cost the state more in the long term.

newmath 7 years, 1 month ago

Should be great for making all HR interactions completely depersonalized. Perhaps we can privatize HR and off shore it as well?

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