|What happened to the State Personnel Administration (SPA)?|
The 2012 General Assembly passed and Governor Nathan Deal signed into law a bill abolishing the agency effective July 1, 2012. The legislation also directs the Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) to continue performing some, but not all, of the enterprise HR functions currently performed by the SPA. In addition to the legislation, there have been significant budgetary changes for FY13. These legislative and budgetary changes have caused a reduction in force and a reorganization of remaining personnel into a new division within the DOAS, which will be called Human Resources Administration (HRA).
|Who is the new head of the agency? |
Sid Johnson is the Commissioner of the Dept. of Administrative Services. Candy Sarvis serves as Deputy Commissioner of Human Resources Administration (HRA).
|DOAS Leadership Team|
|HRA Leadership Team|
|How will the new HRA Division be structured and who will I contact?|
The new HRA will have three operating sub divisions:
Human Resources Administration General Information
Flexible Benefits (GaBreeze)
On the Web: HRA.DOAS.ga.gov
Address: Suite 502, West Tower
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Billing Address: Suite 1802 West Tower
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
|What will be the focus of the new HRA division of DOAS?|
- Enterprise job classification and compensation plans
- Careers.ga.gov job board and common state employment application
- The Employee Flexible Benefits program and related websites
- Administration of enterprise HR policies and model procedures
- Compliance with policies and employment laws
- Administration of the enterprise Drug Testing program
- Reduction in force plan and critical hire reviews
- Enterprise Performance Management process and tool
- Coordination of the State Charitable Contributions program
- Coordination of the Faithful Service program
|Have certain services been discontinued? |
Effective June 30, the following services are discontinued:
- HR and payroll shared services
- Job qualifications screening and test scheduling. Agencies will continue to post job vacancies on the Careers.ga.gov website, but will conduct pre-employment screenings at the agency level.
- Work Ready and state agency employment testing
- Enterprise workforce plan reporting. Agencies will incorporate workforce plans into their strategic plans.
- Workforce or succession planning consultation
- Executive Leadership, Management and Employee Development training.
- E-Verify Corporate Access Account.
Changes to e-verify administration will have no impact on the e-verify account numbers assigned to your individual agencies. When e-verification became a public sector hiring requirement in Georgia, the SPA registered as a corporate administrator with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in order to streamline e-verify account registration for agencies. That goal has been achieved. Therefore, on July 1, the corporate administrator account number (45119) as well as the SPA agency number (42315) will cease to exist. The only impact to your agency is that you will contact DHS directly for customer service needs, including the resetting of e-verify passwords. You will find FAQ, free manuals and webinars, and customer service contact information about e-verify procedures at http://www.dhs.gov/e-verify. As a reminder, state law requires employers to publish the e-verify account number on its public website.
|Who should I contact for legal issues? For Personnel Board rule questions?|
Contact: Kara Berlin, at 404-657-0586 or email her at:
|What is the plan for the Job Redesign project?|
In March, the job redesign process was suspended. This initiative will be revisited in the near future.
|Will the old job descriptions be available on the new HRA/DOAS website?|
Yes. The old job descriptions will remain available as a reference document along with the current job descriptions.
|What will happen with the spa.ga.gov website?|
|The content of the website will be migrated to DOAS.ga.gov on July 1. Click on the “State and Local” tab. The HRA.DOAS home page includes a Direct Links list which takes you to the most commonly used HRA Applications, and the site has a robust search feature.|
|Will DOAS still accept nominations for the statewide recognition program?|
The Governor’s Customer Service Awards program has been discontinued. The last awards were presented in March, 2011.
|How will the classified employee appeal process change?|
There has been no change to the State Personnel Board or to the classified employees’ appeal process. Classified employees continue to send written appeals to the Office of State Administrative Hearings.
|Will HRA provide employee relations support through mediation assistance? What about grievance officers? |
No such program exists at present. The HRA Division will evaluate resurrecting the program at a future date.
|May employees contact HRA when they have a complaint or grievance?|
|Yes. Employees at HRA will attempt to connect employees with the appropriate individual at the employee’s agency, usually an HR professional.|