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DSHS orders 380 job cuts, more furloughs

The Department of Social and Health Services State ordered spending cuts of 6.3 percent today, including elimination of 380 jobs and additional unpaid furloughs for employees by June 30.

The cuts align with Gov. Chris Gregoire’s executive order to cut most state agencies’ spending across-the-board by 6.3 percent, and announcements by other agencies are due by Friday, the date the governor’s order takes effect.

In the case of DSHS, this means spending cuts of $168 million including nine one-day “temporary layoffs” or unpaid furloughs for workers not subject previously to the temporary layoffs ordered by the Legislature. The cuts

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Reform? DSHS boss Dreyfus in shape for ‘marathon’

Perhaps everyone knows that taking on the bureaucracy of a mega-agency like Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services is more marathon than sprint.

But who knew the agency secretary, Susan Dreyfus, would take that so literally? Dreyfus, who does it for sport, ran in last weekend’s Capital City Marathon race in Olympia and survived quite well. Her official time: 4 hours, 58 minutes and 33 seconds.

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