$119 million in overtime so far

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The state had spent around $119 million from the general fund for overtime as of the end of December — midway through the 2016 fiscal year.

The information comes from an annual report by the state Office of Fiscal Analysis and is limited to overtime paid from the general fund.  The general fund covers the overwhelming bulk of state government operations and debt service. This fiscal year the fund stands at nearly $18.2 billion and represents just over 90 percent of the overall state budget.

The report estimates 17,134 employees earned overtime pay, but that’s an approximation, not an actual count of individuals.

A spokesperson for the office explained to Trend CT that the total includes fractional employees when part of the overtime pay comes from a source other than the general fund. For example, if three-fourths of a state trooper’s overtime pay for traffic control came from a contractor and one-fourth came from the general fund, it would be reflected as one fourth (0.25) of an employee in the total employee count for each department.

Five departments account for 90 percent of the $119.1 million the state has spent on overtime.

The table below shows the overtime figures for each department.

General fund overtime expenses
First half of 2016 fiscal year (as of Dec. 30, 2015).
Agency Overtime $ Employees
UConn Health Center 1247261 580
Teachers’ Retirement Board 2190 5
State Department of Education 560861 202
Secretary of the State 36594 22
Office of the State Comptroller 39353 31
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner 194973 36
Office of the Attorney General 108 1
Office of Protection & Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities 1307 4
Office of Policy and Management 365 2
Office of Governmental Accountability 3472 5
Office of Early Childhood 16576 34
Military Department 10003 30
Legislative Management 130045 55
Judicial Department 959610 1003
Department of Veterans Affairs 1078545 211
Department of Social Services 3863427 938
Department of Revenue Services 67361 53
Department of Rehabilitation Services 86383 30
Department of Public Health 18656 20
Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services 26182982 2409
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection 517910 343
Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection 13274778 1403
Department of Economic and Community Development 6329 14
Department of Developmental Services 22722030 2338
Department of Correction 37649610 4640
Department of Consumer Protection 39448 35
Department of Children and Families 9621218 2367
Department of Agriculture 30497 14
Department of Administrative Services 146413 83
Connecticut State Library 10154 1
Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities 37358 6
Board of Regents for Higher Education 528496 206
Agricultural Experiment Station 340 5
Office of Fiscal Analysis

What do you think?

  • ctyankee22

    I think it’s really easy to see where there are major *SCREWUPS* happening *EVERY DAY* in a number of State Agencies. It’s obvious that the supervisors who are OKing these massive overtime expenditures are *SEVERELY LACKING* the necessary discipline to which their positions require. In other words, they’ve risen to their level of incompetence!!!

    If I were in charge, I’d require a report from *EVERY* supervisor who approved overtime to identify the ‘dead wood’ in the department and cut each and every one of those individuals from the ranks before any additional overtime is approved. The task of identifying those individuals would be the highest priority, and the support of the rest of the department workers would be expected to justify terminating the weakest performers for cause.

    I’m also fairly certain that many of these workers have simply adjusted their overtime into their expected compensation, that there is bound to be resistance. To which I respond: Good — go find a job in the private sector.

  • KJC1645

    ctyankee22, Perhaps you should do some investigating and fact checking before running off at the mouth. And yes, I am a state employee. Most agencies (not all) are working understaffed in many areas. I am one of those supervisors you reference that has, in your words, risen to my level of incompetence.

    I am in charge of a computer helpdesk that supports over 2,850 computers with three technicians. I have no ability to hire additional staff as the State has deemed we are overstaffed. That means that each tech is responsible for approximately 950 computers each. Gartner research lists the ideal ratio as 70 computers to one computer tech. By Gartner’s standards, if I am to provide world class service, I am understaffed by 37 employees. Let’s not forget that there are 12 regional offices and approximately 40 other locations that need to be supported. This is all accomplished with only three (3) people.

    Lets move onto LAN (Local Area Network) support. As the Supervisor, I am tasked with ensuring the security of the network, maintenance of 50+ servers, 100+ network switching devices and to protect and ensure the security, confidentiality and the integrity of over 950,000 CT residents data that reside on my network. There are tape backups, security patches, server maintenance, zero day threats and the testing and implementing of new technologies. This is all accomplished with a LAN Support staff of three (3) people.

    Finally, let’s discuss telephones. I am responsible for 12 Regional offices, 1 Central office and a satellite central office and an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system. Over the past three (3) years we have converted seven (7) of these office to Voice over IP (VoIP) systems and plan to convert the remaining offices over the next two (2) years. Phones were deemed as non-essential and I have zero (0) state staff to work on the phone systems. I had to hire one (1) consultant so I can make an effort to support our users across the state.

    You will be hard pressed to find more dedicated, hard working and intelligent state employees than the ones that I have the privilege to work with every day. I do apologize that as we struggle to meet the demands of the residents of CT, that I may have to authorize some overtime to ensure the work is done in a timely manner.
    Let’s all be thankful that you are not in charge.

  • Swhatszup

    The best approach to use in minimizing state employee overtime demand, is to alter the normal shift coverage so no window exists with a staff coverage exposure. The way to accomplish this, is to model the number of shifts and the number of hours per shift to that currently used by most Enterprise Data Centers of the Fortune 100. The model requires transitioning from a “3 x 8 Hour Shifts per Day to a “2 x 12 1/2 Hour Shifts per Day with Rotating 3 and 4 Day Work Weeks ( 3 on / 4 off – 4 on / 3 off ) ” every other week. This approach balances staff coverage 24 x 7, caps overtime to 25 hours per month for each employee and reduces and minimizes administrative and management staff levels by reducing number of shifts per day from 3 to 2. It is proven and it works.