Apr 26, 2010 7:14 PM by Melissa Canone
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Department of Social Services would
be renamed and reorganized, under a bill that received unanimous
approval Monday from the state Senate.
The changes would eliminate layers of midlevel management that
were targeted by a government streamlining panel as inefficient and
unnecessary bureaucracy in the department that oversees foster care
services, food stamps and welfare payments across Louisiana.
The proposal (Senate Bill 257) by Sen. Willie Mount, D-Lake
Charles, heads to the House for debate.
The new agency would be called the Department of Children and
The department plans to cut 197 jobs as part of the
restructuring, saving $11 million in the upcoming budget year that
begins July 1, DSS officials have said. Most of the jobs are vacant
or would be cut through attrition.
Four program offices would be collapsed into one office, an
agency that helps disabled Louisiana residents find jobs would be
moved to the state labor department and 18 DSS offices around the
state would be closed and their functions consolidated to other