The number you've called is no longer in service: Governor disconnects state cell phones

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has stopped his state from paying for its employees to use 29,398 cell phones and other devices — a 44 percent reduction in state agencies and departments, Brian Heaton writes in Government Technology.

Brown plans to eventually remove 33,559 cell phones to save $13 million, a 50 percent reduction statewide, the article continued. The devices eliminated include cell phones, smart phones and air cards, but do not include tablets, Heaton writes.

An executive order issued in January identified 96,000 devices in the state government, GCN reported then. However, that figure was reduced to 67,117 after officials found that thousands of phones were actually other types of telecommunications devices not under Brown's authority, or had been deactivated, the Government Technology article said.

Virginia also is looking to cut its cell phone bill by getting rid of state-issued phones that go unused.

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Reader Comments

Fri, Jun 10, 2011

Duh. Such housekeeping should be part of everyday prudent cost control and mangaement. The fact that it is newsworthy is just sad. My own employers, the Feds, are real bad with cell phones- they are regarded as perks and a badge of rank, even though many only get used for official business 2-3 times a year.

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