State Controller Posts Updated Compensation Information
CSAC Issues Opposition to Bill Requiring Redundant Reporting
June 30, 2016
State Controller Betty T. Yee on Tuesday updated the “Government Compensation in California” website, which posts compensation data for more than 5,000 public employers in California. Public employers are required to submit compensation data for each employee and elected officials as a result of AB 341 (2015) which amended Government Code §53891 to require complete reports of compensation for the previous year to be submitted to the Controller by April 30.
Counties have been diligent in filing this information as it reflects their dedication to open government and transparency and a commitment to ensuring public access to such compensation data without unnecessary additional administrative burdens on counties.
The reporting requirements include the disclosure of each classification’s:
- Annual salary minimum and maximums
- Total regular pay
- Overtime pay
- Lump sum pay
- Other pay (automobile, phone allowances, etc.)
- Pension formula
- What part of the defined benefit cost is covered by the employee and their employer
- Any deferred compensation
- Health/dental/vision plan costs
This annual reporting, which encompasses a broad array of information about employee pay, is why CSAC opposes AB 779, by Assembly Member Cristina Garcia. The bill, which was gutted and amended and heard yesterday in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee − would require a city, county, city and county, or special district to, by April 30 each year, post a link on the homepage of its website to a page that contains the names, positions, and total compensation, including a breakdown of the types of compensation provided, of each elected official within that entity for the previous calendar year. “Total compensation” in AB 779 includes:
- Unused vacation time
- Pension contributions
- Retirement contributions, health premium contributions
- Automobile allowances, phone allowances, and technology allowances.
- Any other type of compensation that the city, county, city and county, or special district provides.
The requirements in AB 779 would require counties to create a new report rather than allowing counties to simply direct website visitors to the Controller’s website. This is a redundant and unnecessary administrative burden for our public agencies that already spend many staff hours compiling information for our annual reports to the State Controller.