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Title:

  A Review of Los Angeles County's Process For Transitioning to E-Government Applications (Operations)

Date:

 February 2014

Pages:

 23

Summary:

  In a motion dated October 9,2012, the Board requested that the Commission conduct a review to provide the Board with an assessment of the County's transition to E-Government applications.


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Title:

  Implementation Status Update of Los Angeles County's Human Resources and Civil Service Commission Processes (Operations)

Date:

 August 2012

Pages:

 23

Summary:

  In a motion dated January 25, 2011, the Board requested that the Commission conduct a review to provide the Board with an assessment of the County's progress over the last year to implement the recommendation.


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Title:

 A Review and Analysis of Los Angeles County's Human Resources and Civil Service Commission Processes (Operations)

Date:

 November 2010

Pages:

 20

Summary:

  In a motion dated November 24, 2009, the Board directed the Citizens' Economy and Efficiency Commission to conduct an overall assessment of the County's current Civil Service System and Human Resource Management practices.


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Title:

 Analysis of Strategic Planning Process in County of Los Angeles (Operations)

Date:

 June 2009

Pages:

 20

Summary:

  In a motion dated February 3, 2009, the Board directed the Citizens' Economy and Efficiency Commission to conduct an overall assessment of the County's strategic planning process.


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Title:

 Addressing the Issue of Child Care Welfare Fraud Within Los Angeles County (Operations)

Date:

 October 2006

Pages:

 54

Summary:

  On July 11, 2006 the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors requested that the Economy and Efficiency Commission conduct a study to make recommendations on immediate actions that could be taken by the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) or other County departments to prevent Stage 1 child care welfare fraud. As a result of the efforts to respond to this request the Commission has come to recognize that child care welfare benefits provide significant assistance to Welfare-to-Work Program participants in achieving their goal of self-sufficiency. In spite of this value to the individual and to society, the Commission has also come to recognize from current prosecutions and convictions that there is fraud in the program, although the level of this fraud cannot be accurately determined. This report addresses this potential for fraud by making 35 recommendations that the Commission feels will strengthened the program, not the least of which is the establishment of an objective measure of child care welfare fraud with which increasingly effective public policy decisions can be implemented.


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 A Proposal to Establish a Retired Peace Officer Corps (RPOC) within Los Angeles County (Operations)

Date:

 July 2006

Pages:

 9

Summary:

  This is a prpoposal that would reinforce the ability of local government to execute its responsibility to the public during emergencies and to improve the responsiveness of its law enforcement agencies by using those trained and dedicated men and women who have retired from law enforcement agencies. These individuals have the skills, knowledge and experience to meaningfully contribute to effective law enforcement operations for the duration of a disaster or emergency. This report recommends that the qualifications of retired personnel can be effectively utilized by assigning qualified individuals to pre-designated support and/or administrative positions that are normally occupied by serving officers. This mobilization would not only expand the available force by making active officers available to undertake other critical law enforcement duties within the community, but it would also provide a means through which these individuals could serve their community in times of exceptional need.


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 A Letter in Support of SB 1421(Operations)

Date:

 July 2006

Pages:

 1

Summary:

  This letter was sent to Senator Kevin Murray, Chairman, California State Senate Appropriations Committee to support a pilot progams to investigate fraud in Stages 1 and 2 of the State controlled Child Care Program.


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Title:

 Executive Succession Management in Los Angeles County (Operations)

Date:

 June 2005

Pages:

 30

Summary:

  The Commission, in conjunction with the Director of Personnel, was tasked by the Board of Supervisors to review current programs that exist which develop and mentor managers into leadership positions and make recommendations on improving the process. The report makes twelve recommendations that are intended to build upon the advances that have been made by the current county programs and processes. The goal of this report was to provide the County with a foundation for the development of an executive succession management program that will prepare qualified individuals to meet the challenges and assume the responsibilities of senior management positions within the County.

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Title:

 Video Arraignment and its Potential for use in the County Criminal Justice System (Operations)

Date:

 November 2004

Pages:

 36

Summary:

  The report considers how video technology has been used successfully nationwide by numerous jurisdictions and within Los Angeles County as an effective alternative to the transportation of prisoners to court for arraignment. As a result of this investigation, the report recommends that the criminal justice system undertake a pilot project to validate the cost effectiveness of this technology.

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Title:

 Addressing Workers Compensation Fraud in Los Angeles County (Operations)

Date:

 September 2004

Pages:

 59

Summary:

  This report reviews the history and the current status of the workers compensation system in Los Angeles County and how the County can deter, detect, investigate and prosecute fraud and abuse in the workers' compensation system. Having reviewed the elements which comprise the system, this report makes 46 recommendations in 11 operational areas for the purpose of reducing the possibility for fraud and abuse.

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Title:

 Response to E-mail on Hall of Records Lighting Conditions (Operations)

Date:

 April 2003

Pages:

 22

Summary:

  This letter was in response to an e-mail to Supervisor Antonovich concerning the lights being left on in the Hall of Records during hours of non-operation. The Economy and Efficiency Commission reviewed the lighting conditions within this building and found that the circumstances as described in the e-mail have proven to be correct. This letter includes several other recommendations by the Commission to improve the working conditions and safety of County employees.

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Title:

 Review and Recommendations for Master County Event Calendar (Operations)

Date:

 January 2003

Pages:

 11

Summary:

  It appears to the Commission that the development of a master events calendar would provide the county with an effective tool to enhance communication, encourage broadly based participation in the processes of governing, and contribute in a meaningful manner to furthering the openness of government. The Economy and Efficiency Commission recommended that the Board of Supervisors support expanding the utilization County Events Calendar to meet the objectives set forth in the 1998 memo from the Executive Officer and the expanded objectives set forth in this review. The Commission feels that this utilization will contribute significantly to the coordination of and communication on both internal and external events.

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Title:

 Commission's Position on the Los Angeles County Administrative Systems (LACAS) (Operations)

Date:

 November 2002

Pages:

 2

Summary:

  This letter presents the Commission's position on LACAS. This position, which is supportive and advocates the project's conceptual approach and its overall objectives of improving the management of the County's data assets and departmental operations, also points out that the contract should be closely monitored.

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Title:

 Monitoring Current Audit Recommendations (Operations)

Date:

 November 2002

Pages:

 22

Summary:

  This report addresses the need for the County to develop an effective browser based follow-up system that monitors and capitalizes on the recommendations made as a result of audits conducted for County departments and agencies. This approach will provide departments and other authorized officials with the ability to effectively respond to the status of recommendations and to utilize them, as deemed appropriate, to improve the efficiency of county operations. The report also suggests modifications to County policy and code.

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Title:

 A Review of Emancipation Services (Operations)

Date:

 February 2002

Pages:

 26

Summary:

  This review was initiated by the Commission to consider problems with the delivery of emancipation services to the young adults of Los Angeles County. In evaluating these problems recommendations focused primarily upon operations, technology utilization and the availability of housing to this population. This report was prepared with the objective of contributing to the ongoing efforts of the program's participants to develop effective and efficient service delivery.

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Title:

 Review of the Actions in Response to the "Accountability and Municipal Service Delivery to Unincorporated Areas" Report (Operations)

Date:

 April 2001

Pages:

 5

Summary:

  This review was initiated in the context of other actions that have been taken in response to issues raised in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. It was also intended to provide the county with a follow-up review of the Commission's 1996 report covering the delivery of municipal services to unincorporated areas. This review concluded that many of the actions taken by the county have been commendable and makes several additional recommendations to assist in these efforts.

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Title:

 Evaluation of Receivables Tracking and Collections Systems A Blueprint for Change (Operations)

Date:

 August 1998

Pages:

 158

Summary:

  This study, which was requested by the Board of Supervisors, was initiated to evaluate the Countys individual and commercial debt tracking and collections systems and to improve the management of its receivable delinquencies and accounts receivable program. The study identifies numerous opportunities to improve collections, reduce delinquencies, minimize errors, and increase efficiency. The study also points out that these opportunities for improvement are impacted by the policies, procedures, available technology, resources, organization, and level of commitment to the collection process.

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Title:

 EEC Follow-Up to the 1996-97 Grand Jury Recommendation Concerning expanding the Services Provided by the Office of the Ombudsman (Operations)

Date:

 June 1998

Pages:

 4

Summary:

  This letter discusses the purpose of augmenting the responsibilities the Ombudsman to influence the attitude of county residents toward the county positively, to encourage the participation of residents in local government, and to respond to the concerns of the ". . . disinterested citizenry and distraught minorities." The adoption of the Commission's recommendations, developed to support the recommendation made by the 1996-97 Grand Jury, would provide a focus for county officials to the need for an increased "customer oriented approach" within government. This strategy has proven itself to be both substantive and successful within other governmental jurisdictions and private sector firms.

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Title:

 An Investigation into the Processing of an Employee's Suggestion (Operations)

Date:

 November 1997

Pages:

 32

Summary:

  At the request of Supervisor Antonovich, the Commission conducted an investigation into the events involved in the processing of a suggestion made by a County employee. This investigation of the program's procedures resulted in the development of sixteen (16) findings and forty-two (42) recommendations to strengthen how the County manages and evaluates employee suggestions. Although the investigation was not designed as an overall evaluation of the County's Employee Suggestion Awards (ESA) Program, the findings and recommendations can be used as a foundation for the performance of an overall program review.

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Title:

 Wheeling Power for Energy Cost Savings (Operations)

Date:

 August 1997

Pages:

 4

Summary:

  During the initial phases of the Commission's investigation into the Employees Suggestion Program, it became acutely aware of the potential magnitude of the fiscal and budgetary impacts that wheeling power raises. As a result of the magnitude of the potential impacts to the County, the Commission wanted to recommend that the Board of Supervisors direct the Economy and Efficiency Commission conduct an independent review of the options available to the County and define the strategies to pursue to best capitalize upon this emerging market.


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Title:

 Update of the Commission's DHS Reengineering Report Issued November 1, 1995 (Operations)

Date:

 January 1997

Pages:

 2

Summary:

  This memo communicates to the Board of Supervisors that the Department of Health Services have made advances in the areas covered by thiis report and continues to improve the health care environment.


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Title:

 Accountability and Municipal Service Delivery to Unincorporated Areas (Operations)

Date:

 July 1996

Pages:

 78

Summary:

  This study highlights the complexities involved in the delivery of municipal services through the use of a service delivery model. An understanding of how these systems work, improves the analysis and evaluation of alternative means of delivering municipal services. The conclusions of this study recognizes the need for the development of county strategies to effectively address the problems associated with the delivery of municipal services. It is anticipated that this approach will assist decision makers in improving the equatability, efficiency, effectiveness and accountability for municipal service delivery.

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Title:

 A Model to Evaluate the Performance & Objectives of Los Angeles County Commissions, Committees & Task Forces (Operations)

Date:

 March 1994

Pages:

 9

Summary:

  This report was undertaken in response to a request by the Board of Supervisors to evaluate the performance and objectives of the commissions, committees and task forces defined under Chapter 1 and Chapter 4 or the Los Angeles County Committee Book. The report presents the requested methodology and ten recommendations the Commission feels will significantly improve the manner in which these entities are created and structured, and how they operate.

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Title:

 McGladrey and Pullen Risk Management Study

Date:

 September 1993

Pages:

 8

Summary:

  This report was prepared by McGladrey and Pullen for the Economy and Efficiency Commission. It sutdies the risk management liability costs within Los Angeles County and was used in further studies of the risk managment system by the Commission.


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Title:

 A Strategy to Reduce Retirement Costs Within Los Angeles County (Operations)

Date:

 September 1993

Pages:

 19

Summary:

  This study examines the viability of measures to cap or reduce the County's liability to the pension system. This is achieved by freezing or reducing the cash available option in cafeteria style flexible benefit plans. The Commission report makes recommendations to revise pension procedures, and reviews alternatives. It recommends an examination of the County's cafeteria benefit plans to achieve improvements enhancing equity, and reducing costs without reducing the employee's ability to obtain adequate benefits, or the County's ability to attract and retain qualified personnel. This study is supported by a W.F. Corroon, Inc. study, entitled "Development of Los Angeles County Cafeteria Plan Design Strategies to Reduce Retirement Costs" which incorporates a legal opinion prepared by independent counsel. (A copy of this background report has been included as a link below.)

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Title:

 Counsel Opinion on Deferred Compensation

Date:

 September 1993

Pages:

 7

Summary:

  This is a tramsmittal of a independent legal opinion on deferred compensation within the County.


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Title:

 Letter Offering Legal Advice on the Los Angeles County Pension System (Operations)

Date:

 February 1993

Pages:

 1

Summary:

  This letter offers the Board of Supervisors to provide counsel on a matter pertaining to the pension system to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest by the County Counsel


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Title:

 Los Angeles County Policies and Practices Governing Retirement Eligible Benefits (Operations)

Date:

 November 1992

Pages:

 48

Summary:

  This study applies material presented in an evaluation prepared by W.F. Corroon, entitled: Comparability Analysis of Los Angeles County Employees' Retirement Benefits, a copy of which is included as a link below. It considers issues pertaining to the decision-making process of retirement system design, the appropriateness of the inclusion of a number of specific items within the current benefit structure, the operation of the entire retirement system. A follow-on report was requested by the Board of Supervisors to be completed in 1993.

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Title:

 Letter to Board Summarizing Independent Legal Counsel Opinion

Date:

 September 1992

Pages:

 2

Summary:

  This letter summarizes for the Board of Supervisors the independent legal counsel opinion on what constitutes compensation earnable for retirement purposes.


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Title:

 Letter to Board Recommending Action on Pension System

Date:

 August 1992

Pages:

 2

Summary:

  This letter recommends that the Board of Supervisors take interim action to avoid incurring additionalpension liability and that County Counsel provide appropriate legal advice to implement those changes.


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Title:

 Letter Clarifying Report on Real Property Management and Development in Los Angeles County. (Operations)

Date:

 January 1992

Pages:

 2

Summary:

  This letter recommends action on recommendations made in the Real Property Management and Development in Los Angeles County Report.


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Title:

 Letter Recommending Action on recommendations made in the Real Property Management and Development in Los Angeles County Report. (Operations)

Date:

 October 1991

Pages:

 8

Summary:

  This letter was prepared to summarize and transmit the recommendations made in the Real Property Management and Development in Los Angeles County Report.


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Title:

 Hearing Procedures of Regional Planning (Operations)

Date:

 July 1986

Pages:

 2

Summary:

  The Board modified the case processing procedures of the Regional Planning Commission to permit certain cases to be considered by a hearing officer employed by the Department of Regional Planning rather than by the Regional Planning Commission. In its report, the Economy & Efficiency Commission discusses the effectiveness of the new procedures. The Commission concludes that the hearing officer system was a sound improvement over the prior method of hearing cases. The Commission recommends that the Board continue the case processing procedures and direct the Director of Regional Planning to work with the Commission to increase the scope and rate of deliberations on County-wide planning and policy issues.

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Title:

 Implementation of County Reorganization and Systems Improvements: Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures (Operations)

Date:

 June 1986

Pages:

 11

Summary:

  This letter to the Board reviewed the results of the consolidation of the Department of Weights and Measures with the Agricultural Commissioner following the Commission study, "Decision-Making and Organization in Los Angeles County Government-Volume I". The letter discussed the improved efficiency of fee collection, reduction of management positions, improvement of personnel management, increased automation, cross-training of inspectors and productivity improvements. The letter also recommends that the Board direct the Agricultural Commissioner and the Chief Administrative Officer to develop and implement a plan for reorganization and training, and to establish annual goals for efficiency and effectiveness.

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Title:

 Implementation of County Reorganization and Systems Improvements (Follow-up) (Operations)

Date:

 May 1986

Pages:

 1

Summary:

  This letter is a follow-up to the report issued in June 1986. It discusses the actions taken by the Commission since the issuance of the report and makes further recommendations.


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Title:

 Implementation of County Reorganization and Systems Improvements (Operations)

Date:

 December 1985

Pages:

 14

Summary:

  The Commission's letter to the Board concerns the progress of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) in implementing the recommendations of the Commission study, Decision-Making and Organization - Los Angeles County Government - Volume I. The letter recommended that the Board adjust the priority of implementation of the Commission's 1983 recommendations, and that the CAO should have a systematic plan and approach to county-wide management issues and systems each year.

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Title:

 Decision Making And Organization - Los Angeles County Government - Volume III (Operations)

Date:

 June 1983

Pages:

 94

Summary:

  Volume III is the report of the field study team from the UCLA Graduate School of Management. The economic impacts of reorganizing the seven general services departments into a single consolidated entity are examined. The report finds that there are substantive economies of scale possible through consolidation.

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Title:

 Decision Making And Organization - Los Angeles County Government - Volume II (Operations)

Date:

 June 1983

Pages:

 212

Summary:

  Volume II contains an expanded summary of conclusions and recommendations, followed by a detailed description of the current structure, its problems, major alternatives for reform, and the Commission's preferences. The subject of this report is the executive organization of Los Angeles County government. It discusses problems of County performance which are attributable to its executive structure and decision-making processes. The feasible approaches to resolving those problems were evaluated, and the Commission recommend that the Board adopt policy objectives directed to resolving those problems. The Commission also proposed a strategy for improving the performance of the County system.

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Title:

 Decision Making And Organization - Los Angeles County Government - Volume I (Operations)

Date:

 June 1983

Pages:

 15

Summary:

  The Commission investigated the feasibility of consolidating County departments. Volume I contains a summary of proposed programs. The study proposed changes in the roles and expectations of the Chief Administrative Office, which will improve the Board's ability to plan for and respond to changing conditions affecting the County's governance and service functions. The report recommends reducing the number of separate County departments by consolidating and reorganizing programs into a system of 15 to 20 departments. A four year program was also proposed to restructure the system.

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Title:

 Materials Management and Inventory Control (Operations)

Date:

 December 1981

Pages:

 5

Summary:

  The Commission conducted a thorough investigation of the County's current system and financial operations in the areas of materials management and the security of equipment and supplies. This investigation resulted in the development of recommendations addressing the improvement of strategies, policy enforcement, project planning, and systems development.

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Title:

 Selected Current Civil Service Issues (Policy)

Date:

 July 1980

Pages:

 70

Summary:

  This report is the first in a series of subjects on the employment system and organizational development. The Board referred a report by Local 660 of SEIU along with recommendations to the Commission which alleged that the Civil Service Commission operates ineffectively. The Commission report addressed new civil service rules and operations of the Civil Service Commission. While the report does not contain a complete analysis of the details in the proposed new rules, it reflects final conclusions and recommendations on those issues closely connected to effective management and incentives.

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Title:

 Cost Reduction in Los Angeles County Government (Operations)

Date:

 August 1978

Pages:

 16

Summary:

  This report contains seven recommendations directed toward reducing the cost of County government and improving its efficiency and effectiveness. The principal areas addressed are user fees, Sheriff-Marshal consolidation, automatic step increases, supervisory costs, craft wages and Commission stipends. The report states that if the recommendations were implemented effectively, County expenditures would be reduced by approximately $102 million dollars annually.

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Title:

 The Los Angeles County Budget-Selected Issues and Recommendations (Operations)

Date:

 June 1977

Pages:

 62

Summary:

  The Commission studied three areas of public policy that have a significant impact on the County budget: Board control of County expenditures, policy impact on the budget, and major policy areas established by the Board.

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Title:

 Operation of the West Los Angeles County Resource Conservation District (Operations)

Date:

 December 1976

Pages:

 5

Summary:

  This publication is a letter to the Board of Directors of the West Los Angeles County Resource Conversation District regarding the future management of the district.

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Title:

 Eliminating Automatic Step Increases and Controlling Supervisory Costs in Los Angeles County Government (Operations)

Date:

 September 1976

Pages:

 38

Summary:

  This is the second in a series of reports covering issues involving the County agency and local government structure, effectiveness of County services, and debt planning and control. (The first report was "The New York City Crises and Los Angeles County Government: Organization, Employment, and Compensation.") This report recommended that the Board direct the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and the Department of Personnel to eliminate the automatic step increase plan for all employees. It also recommends that the Board direct the Chief Administrative Officer to conduct detailed studies of supervisory levels in each County department. It alos recommends including in this study: results, plans for improvement, and their impact on cost in the budget recommendations for the next fiscal year and subsequent years.

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Title:

 Audit Function for the Board of Supervisors (Operations)

Date:

 April 1973

Pages:

 3

Summary:

  The Commission responded to a recommendation by a Supervisor that the Board implement a separate Audit division whose function would be similar to that of the United States General Accounting Office. The Commission pointed out that such a function would not be truly independent, as is the General Accounting Office. Such independence could only be achieved by creating an executive office separate from the Board.

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Title:

 Fire Protection Services in Los Angeles County (Operations)

Date:

 June 1972

Pages:

 200

Summary:

  This report attempted to determine whether the present fire protection system provides an effective level of service at a reasonable cost to taxpayers. The report described and discussed problems and analyzed the relative merits of alternatives to the present system. Consolidation and contracting of fire services were also discussed.

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Title:

 County Architectural Services (Operations)

Date:

 March 1969

Pages:

 40

Summary:

  The Board referred a Grand Jury's report on architectural services to the Commission for study. The Commission's report supported the Grand Jury's criticism of awarding contracts, noting that the system allowed individual Board members to take the sole responsibility of selecting a contractor, simply because the project was in his/her district.

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Title:

 Advisory Commissions and Committees (Operations)

Date:

 November 1968

Pages:

 2

Summary:

  The Board referred a Grand Jury's report on architectural services to the Commission for study. The Commission's report supported the Grand Jury's criticism of awarding contracts, noting that the system allowed individual Board members to take the sole responsibility of selecting a contractor, simply because the project was in his/her district.

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Title:

 Changes to the Committee's Executive Salary Recommendations (Operations)

Date:

 August 1968

Pages:

 6

Summary:

  This letter summarizes the views of the Commission on the County's Executive salary plan. It expreses concerns over inconsistencies in the implementation of pay schedules within county departments and recommends that the responsibility for evaluating and recommending to the Board any changes in the executive salary system should be assigned to the Director of Personnel. It also recommends the establishment of a Executive Salary Review Committee.

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Title:

 Report on Civil Service Operations (Operations)

Date:

 May 1966

Pages:

 23

Summary:

  This report was initiated as a result of extensive criticism of Civil Service practices. It recommends action by the Board and Civil Service Commission to correct deficiencies in the operation of the Civil Service System. It recommends an interim department head be appointed with responsibility to institute reforms immediately.

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Title:

 Preliminary Report on the Feasibility of the Proposed Reorganization of the Department of Charities Contained in the Board Order 114, dated January 4, 1966 (Operations)

Date:

 February 1966

Pages:

 11

Summary:

  The Commission performed a preliminary survey and analysis of the Los Angeles County Department of Charitries organization. Three propositions were considered: 1) Establish four new county departments, 2) Assign new department responsibility to the Board of Supervisors, 3) To elevate the present bureaus to fill departmental status, relieve the superintendent of responsibility for day to day responsibility, but retain for overall attention to major problems affecting welfare programs. The Commission recommends to study more of Prop 1, oppose Prop 2, and no real conclusion to Prop 3, except for recognizing it as a staffing problem.

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Title:

 Civil Service Operations (Operations)

Date:

 November 1965

Pages:

 4

Summary:

  The Commission proposed that the Board approve the hiring of private industry personnel specialists to assist the Commission in formulating recommendations directed towards streamlining and improving civil service procedures.

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Title:

 Productivity in County Departments (Operations)

Date:

 October 1965

Pages:

 11

Summary:

  The Commission evaluated an Arthur Young and Company report and proposals on work measurement techniques. The Commission found that full implementation of the program proposed by Arthur Young and Company would permit a reduction of 31 employees in two departments, and projected an annual savings of $183,700. The report also recommended that the Board direct that the Chief Administrative Officer establish a formal work measurement program to be extended to all appropriate functions in the County.

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