DiNapoli: Three Agencies Account For 60 Percent Of State Overtime

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State agencies spent $469 million for more than 12.2 million hours of overtime in 2011 and three agencies accounted for more than 60 percent of the total, a report today by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says.

Gannett’s Albany Bureau reported on the overtime numbers for 2011 in January. We also have a database here on top overtime earners.

Overtime has declined over the past five years, DiNapoli said. But overtime costs grew 4.5 percent in 2011.

“Our report shows that while overtime has declined over the past five years, a few agencies remain the primary drivers of overtime spending in state government,” DiNapoli said in a statement. “All agencies should continue to carefully monitor overtime use to ensure that it is justified, reduced where possible, and to ensure that necessary work gets done efficiently and effectively.”

The report found that the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities had the highest total overtime hours at nearly 3 million, accounting for 24 percent of the total in the state. The Office of Mental Health was second at 2.3 million hours, or 19 percent of the total, and the Department of Correctional and Community Services (DOCCS) had 2.2 million overtime hours, or 18 percent.

Gannett’s report in January showed that Robert Henry, a treatment assistant at the Mid-Hudson Psychiatric Center in Orange County, led the state in overtime for the second year in a row. He earned $123,511 in overtime last year, an extra 2,556 hours of work, or roughly 49 additional hours a week. His base salary was $61,830, the records showed.

DiNapoli said that the decline in overtime has correlated with the decline in the state workforce.

Here’s the report:

State Agency OT Report 2012

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