CHARLESTON (AP) — A project to overhaul the way West Virginia sets and increases pay levels for public workers has dragged on for five years and is in its third contract.
The Charleston Gazette (http://www.wvgazette.com/News/201208230239) says the effort has also generated in more than $400,000 in fees.
This month, the state signed the latest contract with the Hay Group. The Philadelphia firm is helping the state develop a new job classification and compensation system for full-time government employees.
Gordon Simmons of the West Virginia Public Workers Union calls the project a mess that gives “bureaucracy a bad name.”
Department of Administration spokeswoman Diane Holley-Brown said personnel division employees are working “continuously” on the project.
The project is expected to be complete by Dec. 31.