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Mar 11, 2010 12:08 PM by Letitia Walker

DSS Cuts in Louisiana

   BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Department of Social Services is
proposing a reorganization that would consolidate offices,
eliminate nearly 200 jobs and create more ways for people to apply
for services.
      If approved, the changes would eliminate layers of midlevel
management that were targeted by a government streamlining panel as
inefficient and unnecessary in the department that oversees foster
care services, food stamps and welfare payments across Louisiana.
      The move would cut 197 jobs, most vacant, though DSS Secretary
Kristy Nichols says up to 40 layoffs might be needed.
      The DSS overhaul is recommended in Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget
for the upcoming fiscal year, and it also would require changes in
law. The House Appropriations Committee discussed the
recommendations Thursday.

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