Review of the City's Civil Service Reform Efforts
Civil Service Reform
Phase I of Civil Service Reform – Preserving the Promise of Government
DHR submitted its policy paper with recommendations on Civil Service Reform to Mayor Newsom in May, 2005.
Read DHR's May 2005 Civil Service Reform Report (PDF)
On August 15, 2005, the Board of Supervisors' Government
Audit and Oversight Committee conducted a special hearing on Civil
View the DHR presentation to the Board of Supervisors (PowerPoint)
Also in August 2005, Mayor Newsom sent a memo to all
Department Heads outlining the first steps the City was taking to
implement these recommendations. The Mayor's directive called for
increased training, new technology, mandatory performance evaluations,
succession planning, Civil Service Rule simplification and changes to
our hiring process.
Read the Mayor's directive to department heads (PDF)
Read DHR's implementation memo (PDF)
By early October 2005, the Mayor's Office, the
Controller and the Department of Human Resources announced plans to
change the personnel requisition process, with the intention of
reducing hiring times for permanent employees. This program would
become known as Position-Based Testing.
Read DHR's memo regarding personnel requisitions (PDF)
Also in October 2005, DHR released its first progress report on the Civil Service Reform initiative.
View the October 2005 progress report (Word)
In the summer of 2006, at the one year anniversary of
the release of the Civil Service Reform Report, DHR issued a memo and
progress report, summarizing accomplishments in more than 30 of the 46
Read the Civil Service Reform anniversary letter (Word)
View the Civil Service Reform anniversary presentation (PowerPoint)
By the end of 2008, the Civil Service Reform initiative had gained considerable momentum.
View the highlights of Phase I: Civil Service Reform as of February 2009 (PDF)
Phase II of Civil Service Reform – Unfinished Business
has organized its reform recommendations for Phase II of Civil Service
Reform by reform mechanism: those requiring Civil Service Rule or
Commission policy change; those requiring departmental or DHR policy
and procedure change; and those requiring legislative or MOU change.
2009, the Civil Service Commission held special meetings on February 23
and March 30 during which DHR presented recommendations for Phase II of
Civil Service Reform.
the detailed chart of recommendations for Phase II: Civil Service
Reform presented to the Civil Service Commission during the meetings of
2/23/09 and 3/30/09 (PDF)
At the conclusion of DHR's presentation, the Commission
announced that it will hold a number of meetings to ensure full and
open discussions with the public, employees and labor regarding reform
recommendations. Once the issues have been fully vetted through public
discussion, the Commission will provide direction on which
recommendations and/or policy it would like to pursue. DHR's Employee
Relations Division will then assist in coordinating any meet and confer
discussions with the City's labor unions as required by state law.
will continue to post updates as they become available. Any questions
or comments should be directed to Jessica Huey at