Overtime earnings at state agencies rose nearly 11 percent in 2012 to $529 million, escalating a trend that began in 2009, according to a reportreleased today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
"State agencies spent nearly $52 million more on overtime in 2012 than the year before for nearly 14.5 million hours of overtime," DiNapoli said. "We found seven agencies with more than 25 percent of employees working overtime to meet their responsibilities. New York State policy requires limiting overtime to a minimum, and I urge all agencies to ensure that this expense is reduced whenever possible."
DiNapoli's report found three agencies - those that operate large institutional facilities - saw steep increases in 2012, accounting for 67.3 percent of overtime hours statewide: the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, the Office of Mental Health and the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.