Being a former human resource manager in Kentucky state government, I was concerned when Kentucky chose to use temporary agencies in meeting our personnel needs.
While paying a temp agency, there was no contribution to the retirement system. There are provisions in the state Merit System that allow for temporary personnel.
My opinion is that the use of temp agencies allowed for state agencies to meet their employment needs without showing an increase in the number of full-time employees in their agencies. Not only did this underreport the number of full-time employees, but it also decreased the amount of money contributed to the retirement system.
I believe the use of temporary agencies to meet permanent needs should be reviewed from both a fairness issue and a cost issue.
Kellet Campbell Jr.