Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Staffing Office of DM for Human Support Services

BB Otero, the latest to be appointed deputy mayor, officially started work as Deputy Mayor for Human Support Services February 28.

Because there is no legal authority to create the office in FY 2011, all staff in the office are being funded by agencies in the human services cluster with vacancies.   Not to put too fine a point on this, if a vacancy identified for use by the new DM's office is in Agency A, then Agency A bears the burden for the cost of the FTE through the end of FY 2011.

What remains unclear about this way of staffing and funding this office is whether agencies have any say in which vacancies are used for the office of the DM.   What also remains unclear is how the mayor and his staff, along with agencies, will handle any spending pressures resulting from this imposition, particularly when an agency's revised budget accounts does not anticipate filling particular vacancies.

The mayor's budget office plans to create the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Human Support Services in FY 2012.

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