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June 14, 2011 > Governor eliminates State-Issued Cell Phones

Governor eliminates State-Issued Cell Phones

Submitted By Office of the Governor

Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. announced June 8 that the state has eliminated 29,398 cell phones, achieving a 44 percent reduction in the number of phones issued to state employees in state agencies and departments under the Governor's direct authority.

Deeper cuts will be made in the next 30 days in order to reach the target number of 33,559 cell phones and achieve the 50 percent reduction outlined in an Executive Order issued on January 11, 2011. The 50 percent reduction is expected to save taxpayers at least $13 million.

"We've eliminated tens of thousands of cell phones and saved taxpayers millions, but we're not done," said Governor Brown, who turned in his own government-issued cell phone the day the order was issued and cut the number of phones issued to Governor's Office employees by 75 percent.

The administration has compiled data which suggests that up to 51 percent of state-issued cell phones can be cut. However, various agencies and departments have submitted requests for a total of 4,916 exemptions from the Executive Order. These exemption requests will be reviewed in order to ensure they are necessary and, if necessary, the administration will seek deeper cuts in other departments.

"In my Executive Order I made it clear that exemptions will only be granted if phones are mission critical or tied to public safety," Governor Brown said. "We will deny exemption requests-or force deeper cuts to other agencies and departments-to ensure the 50 percent reduction is realized within 30 days."

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