HHSC has told employees in 56 offices around the state that they’ll be moving in the next 18 months as health and human services agencies consolidate some offices that had low caseloads, maintenance issues or locations very close to other offices.
Staff in those offices will be moving to new locations and will continue to perform the same work they do today. Most of the consolidations involve offices with fewer than 10 employees.
More than half of the 264 employees being moved are HHSC eligibility workers, but all five HHS agencies are affected:
- DADS — 19 staff
- DARS — 58 staff
- DFPS — 31 staff
- DSHS — 11 staff
- HHSC — 145 staff
The consolidations will begin in May and will continue through Aug. 31, 2013. HHSC expects to save more than $2 million a year in lease payments and related costs once the consolidations are complete.
“We came out of the last legislative session knowing that we had to look at ways to cut our administrative costs, and this will help us do that,” said HHSC Deputy Executive Commissioner for System Support Services Rolando Garza. “We worked with staff from all the agencies in making these decisions, and we looked at a variety of factors, including caseloads, usage and facility costs.”
List of offices scheduled for consolidation