Florida’s HR Reforms: Service First, Service Worst, or Something in Between?

Source: Elsie B. Crowell and Mary E. Guy, Public Personnel Management, Volume 39 No. 1, Spring 2010
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Despite the original intent of civil service reform as set forth in the Pendleton Act of 1883, some states have implemented reforms that drastically alter the HR function as envisioned by early policymakers. The State of Florida offers an example of such reforms. This paper reports a study of how selected state employees perceive and interpret the outcome of Florida’s 2001 civil service reform and privatized HR administrative processes. Respondents give mixed reports on the civil service reform but uniformly report that it has become more difficult to manage the HR function since it was outsourced.

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