Brown Bans Non-Essential Travel

Move expected to save the state millions.

By Mike Luery

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Governor Jerry Brown today issued an Executive Order banning all non-essential travel for state government agencies. It’s a move designed to save tens of millions of taxpayer dollars, according to Press Secretary Gil Duran.

The ban applies to both in-state and out-of-state travel – unless it is mission-critical or comes at no cost to the state. The governor’s ban prohibits travel to conferences like the one Caltrans took to the desert back in 2009 – costing taxpayers an estimated $80,000 for travel and lodging at a 4-star hotel that offered gondola rides on a manmade lagoon.

The ban means no more travel for:

• Conferences
• Continuing education courses
• Networking opportunities
• Non-essential meetings that can be conducted by phone or video conference
• Presentations, unless approved by the department director

The ban is comprehensive and applies to all in-state travel, unless approved by agency secretaries. It also means no out-of-state travel unless approved directly by the governor’s office.

“Governor Brown is on a hunt for waste, fraud and abuse across all levels of state government,” said Gil Duran, the governor’s press secretary. In an interview with CBS 13 at the Capitol, Duran stated, “This is the latest effort in what will be a long line of continuing efforts to save as much money as possible and trim all the fat from state government,” Duran added.

The governor’s ban takes effect immediately, as part of his budget plan to trim $413 million from state operations. Just last week, Governor Brown cracked down on uncollected salary and travel advances as part of his directive to reduce government waste.

  • andre

    this is terrible. Yeah it looks great on paper. And yeah, no one should be using gondolas at government expense (duh, those people should be jailed for fraud), but; the majority of people requiring travel to conferences are low level supervisors. The are going to these conference to maintain office licensure under congressional mandates. Many offices in California have not maintained their required numbers of personnel updated on Federal laws for many years now. It is the first thing to be taken out of the budget. I dare an investigator to see when and how many people in records clerks offices in state buildings have last been qualified in the lastests laws and repercussions of the FOIA mandates.

  • Jack


    • Andre

      Waaah? Directed to me?

      Until the liability of mismanagement is published.

      Do you know what the minimum penalty is for mismanaging a FOIA claim?

      Or anything that falls under the privacy act?

      In addition, when is the last time weighs and measure employees have gone to training?

      Or code enforcement?

      This isn’t a joke.

      The state could end up getting sued< for mismanagement or regulatory guidelines and that could cost taxpayers…

  • brian

    Again Jerry, think outside the box.
    Resign all managers/supervisors that do not have at least 8 direct reports.
    Service will be unaffected.
    Then privatize CSU and UC Systems.
    Merge Community Colleges with K-12. Envision and run them as a direct K-14 educational system instead. Save millions.
    Just a start

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