Jindal’s budget proposing merger of computer work

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Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is proposing a sweeping consolidation of computer maintenance work across most state agencies into one office.

The governor included the proposal, to create a new Office of Technology Services, in his 2014-15 budget recommendations. He assumes the effort will save $23 million to help balance the budget, though its creation still needs legislative approval.

Jindal's chief budget adviser, Kristy Nichols, says a consolidation of the technology staff and contracts for all cabinet agencies into one office would help cut costs for purchases and maintenance work.

She says 825 workers would be moved to the technology services office, with a realignment of job responsibilities over the year. She says the restructuring doesn't include layoffs, but she expects some current employees to retire and resign amid the transition.

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