Financial Analysis & Human Resources

Administrative Services

Financial Analysis:

Budget Office:

The Budget Office is responsible for building the department's budget, working with Department of Finance, Legislative Analyst's Office, and Legislature in reviewing the Governor's January 10th Budget, monitoring department spending authority, managing the department's out-of-state travel blanket, and providing program support to monitor, adjust, and project budget allotments for the department's program areas.

Fiscal Analysis:

The Federal Grants Analysis provides customer service between Accounting and Grants Management by sharing a monthly federal grant reporting tool to program management to provide technical assistance in fund spenddown and accuracy of expenses.

Human Resources

​The Human Resources Branch (HR) is comprised of four units; Personnel Office, Labor Relations Office, Recruitment, and Exams. Responsibilities include labor relations, classification and pay, payroll and benefits, workers' compensation, recruitment, and examinations.

The Human Resources Branch consists of the following:


The purpose of the Personnel Office is to administer classification and pay, payroll and benefits, return to work, and workers' compensation.

Labor Relations:

The goal of the Labor Relations Office is to ensure a balanced, positive relationship between management and the workforce, and to provide and assist with contract interpretations, meet with labor organizations and respond to grievances.

Recruitment and Exams:

The purpose of Recruitment and Exams is to ensure qualified candidate pools from which to fill vacancies.

We employ . . .

  • Approximately 900+ employees in bargaining units 1, 2, 4, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, & excluded

  • Full-time, and part-time

  • Retired annuitants, student assistants, and volunteers

​Examples of the varied employment opportunities include the following career fields . . .

  • Accounting
  • Attorneys
  • Auditing
  • Budgets
  • Clerical and Office Support
  • ​Contracting and Procurement
  • Emergency Management

  • Fiscal Analysis
  • Fire and Rescue Services
  • ​Grants Monitoring
  • Hazard Mitigation
  • Homeland Security Grants
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • ​Law Enforcement
  • Telecommunications
  • Training
  • Public Information
  • Public Safety Communications
  • Victim Services

​Cal OES Employment Information



SSA Transfer Exam Bulletin Dec 2019 Transfer Exam Bulletin Dec 2019Examination Documents12/5/2019 11:57:10 PM
State Applications ApplicationsExamination Documents12/5/2019 11:54:37 PM
State Civil Service Process Civil Service Process.pdfState Civil Service ProcessExamination Documents6/17/2019 3:04:08 PM
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Senior Telecommunications Technician Telecommunications Technician.pdfSenior Telecommunications TechnicianRecruitment Documents6/17/2019 3:04:07 PM
Telecommunications Technician Trainee Technician Trainee.pdfTelecommunications Technician TraineeRecruitment Documents6/17/2019 3:04:09 PM
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Employment Benefits

State Employees

As an employee of the State of California, you may be eligible for many benefits.


  • Holidays - Full-time employees are entitled to holidays as defined in the applicable labor contract agreements or authorizing memoranda.
  • Alternate Work Schedules – We may offer alternate work schedules (4/10/40, 9/8/80, etc.) which are consistent with operational needs.
  • Sick Leave, Vacation and Annual Leave - Employees earn sick leave and vacation credits. As the employee's years of State service increase, the vacation allowance increases. Employees may also be eligible to participate in the annual leave program, which replaces traditional sick leave and vacation credits.
  • Bereavement Leave - Employees may receive up to 3 days of leave following the death of a family member or other person in the employee's household. (For rank-and-file employees, contract provisions limit such leave for deaths of extended family members to 3 days per year.)
  • Health Benefits - Choose from a variety of health benefit plans for you and your family. Visit CalPers for more information.
  • Dental Insurance - Employees and their eligible dependents can choose the dental plan right for them. Visit CalHR for more information.
  • Vision Care Insurance - Permanent employees working half-time or more are eligible for the State's Vision Program. Visit CalHR for more information.
  • Savings Plus Program - The Savings Plus Program offers a 401(k) Plan and a 457 Plan to eligible State of California employees. These plans allow you to build a retirement savings account using automatic payroll deductions that go into investments you select from the Saving Plus portfolio. Money from your paycheck that you invest this way is not taxed until you eventually withdraw it, generally during retirement. Visit CalHR for more information.
  • FlexElect Program - The FlexElect program lets State employees set aside money in a reimbursement account to pay for certain expenses. FlexElect can help you increase your take home pay and decrease your taxable income. You specify the amount to be deducted from your paycheck, and the deductions occur before tax withholding, reducing tax liability. FlexElect offers reimbursement accounts for eligible medical and dependent day care expenses. Visit CalHR for more information​.

​Employment Glossary of Terms

State Applications

Examination bulletins may include the following:

Types of Examinations:

  • Open Examinations -- Open to anyone who meets the minimum qualifications.

  • Promotional Examinations --These examinations are limited to state employees with permanent status, and include classes up to designated supervisory positions. Additionally, some examinations are administered for a single department. In those cases, the examination may be limited to employees who have permanent civil service appointments with a specific agency, which is named in the bulletin.

  • Open Non-Promotional -- Open to anyone who meets the minimum qualifications. State employees who are successful in the exam get 3 career credit points.

  • Continuous Testing -- Competition is open to all interested applicants. Applications are accepted on an on-going basis.

  • Minimum Qualifications -- Similar to prerequisites in course work, the Minimum Qualifications outline the minimum amount of specific education and/or experience that a candidate must possess to be admitted to the examination.

Examination Information -- The Examination Information section of the bulletin describes the type of test to be used. In some cases, two or more types of tests will be combined to determine the final score. For example, it is very common to combine a written test with an interview panel, in which case, the bulletin will show the weighting of each part of the exam. The most common types of tests are:

  • Written -- This consists of multiple choice questions; but may also include essay questions.

  • Interview Panel -- This is a scored interview conducted by a panel including a Chairperson representing the State Personnel Board who assures State requirements are maintained during the interview, and subject matter experts who evaluate the answers provided by the candidate.

  • Performance Test -- This test requires the candidate to replicate certain duties actually performed on the job.

  • Education and Experience Evaluation -- This method simply compares the candidates' education and experience as reflected on the application, against a pre-set rating standard. No other test is required.

  • Scope -- The Scope identifies which Knowledge's, Skills and Abilities will be tested in the examination. This important information can guide you in determining which areas to use in developing your own personalized study plan that will help you prepare for the test. The State Personnel Board classification specification also includes the Knowledge's, Skills and Abilities required for success in the classification.
  • Eligible List Information -- This section includes information about how long the civil service eligibility list, created by the examination, is expected to exist (generally from 1 to 4 years).
  • General Information -- This includes a variety of information that applies to all examinations such as, where to call if you have questions or don't receive a response to your application, where to find applications, general qualifications, etc. It is to your benefit to read and understand this general information, as well as the examination bulletin which is tailored to the specific classification being tested.

If you have additional questions regarding terms and conditions of exams described in bulletins, you may contact us at (916) 845-8321.


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