A Review of Government Reorganization Plan No. 2


Governor Brown submitted a Governor’s Reorganization Plan to the Little Hoover Commission on March 30, 2012. The plan called for replacing five agencies with three, producing the Government Operations Agency, the Transportation Agency and the Business and Consumer Services Agency. As part of the proposal, the Technology Agency would become a department in his Government Operations Agency, and the California Emergency Management Agency would become an office reporting to the Governor.

In addition, the plan proposed eliminating or transferring parts or all of the activities of several boards and commissions to other locations within the executive branch, and combining the activities of several departments into new or existing departments.

Affected bodies included the California Transportation Commission, Delta Stewardship Council, the Public Employment Relations Board, the Boating and Waterways Commission, the California Horse Racing Board, the Public Employment Relations Board, the Board of Chiropractic Examiners, the High Speed Rail Authority, the California Housing Finance Agency, the Structural Pest Control Board, and the California Gambling Control Commission. 

Affected departments and offices included the Department of Real Estate, the Department of Corporations, the Department of Financial Institutions, the Office of Real Estate Appraisers, the Department of Boating and Waterways, the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, and the Office of Exposition Park.

A copy of the Governor’s letter and a summary can be found here. The plan in full can be found here.

State law establishes that all Governors’ reorganization plans must be submitted to the Commission for review at least 30 days prior to submitting it to the Legislature for its consideration. Following its review and one or more public hearings on the proposal, the Commission offers a recommendation to the Legislature to either allow the plan to go into effect or to reject the plan.