December 2018: Volume 1, Issue 4

Our Mission: To provide merit-based, innovative workforce solutions which enable state government to attract, develop and retain a productive, diverse and engaged workforce that excels in delivering quality services to the citizens of Louisiana.
Ways to Give Back During the Holidays

Light displays, Santa photos, hot chocolate and festive gatherings - there are so many things that bring us joy during the holiday season. If you or your agency want to share some of that joy, here are some ways to do just that:
Donate to or volunteer at a local food bank

Visit a nursing home

Adopt a family in need

Bring treats to first responders

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State Civil Service
Workforce Summit 2018

The inaugural State Civil Service Workforce Summit provided a collaborative forum for state leaders and human resources professionals to explore solutions to critical workforce issues.

Check out highlights from the day in our recap video on our Summit web page ! World Cafe results, breakout session presentations and photos are also accessible there.
Outstanding Human Resources Program Evaluations

State Civil Service would like to announce two outstanding Human Resources Program Evaluations recently conducted by their Accountability Division.  Northwest Louisiana Veterans Home and Acadiana Area Human Services District received outstanding evaluations with 100% compliance in all categories audited.  
The State Civil Service Accountability Division is responsible for providing an objective evaluation of the human resource practices used by state agencies to manage the classified work force. It assesses the effectiveness of those practices and overall adherence to merit principles and compliance with State Civil Service Rules.

Other excellent evaluations recently conducted, having minimal deficiencies were:
Department of Transportation & Development
Louisiana State Penitentiary
Louisiana Department of Revenue
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
The evaluation reports received by these agencies show the value and importance of excellence they place on human resources management in state government. It is rarely an easy task to receive this type of report as agencies face the many complex challenges in human resources.
State Civil Service Comprehensive Public Training Program
Approves Professional Trainer Certificates

The CPTP Professional Trainer Certificate is an intensive program for employees at state agencies who are involved in training. The participants come from all levels of experience within the field. The program they completed consisted of 9 web-based courses and 3 instructor-led courses culminating in a knowledge exam and a capstone. 
During the capstone, participants were tasked with delivering a presentation in front a panel of instructors and their peers. The presentation was followed by an interview with the instructor panel in which the participant was questioned regarding his or her design process and choices. The time and effort that these employees put forth in completing the program is admirable. We would like to extend our congratulations to them for their hard work and perseverance in completing the program.
Louisiana Civil Service League Honors
Monte Lemann Award recipients

The recipients of this year's Monte M. Lemann Award, presented annually by the Louisiana Civil Service League, were honored at a luncheon on Friday, October 19, 2018. The Monte M. Lemann Award is presented to individuals outside the classified civil service system who have made the greatest contribution to the advancement of the merit system of public employment in Louisiana.

Winners of this coveted award, which is given annually as a memorial to Monte M. Lemann who was a staunch defender of the merit civil service law in its formative years, are:
The five outstanding citizens of the State of Louisiana who have made the greatest contributions to the advancement of Louisiana's unique and superior Merit System of Public Employment. Your Louisiana Civil Service League is proud to honor the following distinguished leaders. This year's winners bring the total number of recipients to 259 since 1965.
Bernard "Trey" Boudreaux, III
State Employees Retirement System

Deborah Daigle
City of Thibodaux
Mark E. Falcon
Division of Administration

Marylyn Haddican
Jefferson Parish Library
Cornel Smith
Plaquemines Parish
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