State Controller John Chiang has asked California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott to make public data showing compensation for all administration, faculty and other employee salaries in the system.
He wants the information sent to his office by October so that it can be posted publicly on the controller's Website by next April.
"A year ago, the city of Bell attracted national media attention when its excessive compensation practices and unlawful misappropriation of public funds were exposed," Chiang stated in his message to the community college chancellor. "This event understandably raised concerns regarding the fiduciary practices of other public agencies throughout California and increased the public's appetite for more information regarding the spending of taxpayer money."
Since then, Chiang's office has created the Government Compensation in California (GCC) website--sco.ca.gov-- a cutting-edge venture to increase government transparency and accountability. This website is now a one-stop repository for salary, pension, and other key compensation data for all state and local officials and employees.
Chiang said the California community college system, as the nation's largest higher education system serving more than 2.7 million students, need to open its payroll books so that the public can determine if it is providing education in a cost-efficient manner.
"In this vein, we ask you, as well as your peers in each of the system's 72 districts, to work closely with the State Controller's office to collect and deliver this information for each of your employees, as well as the members of your board of trustees," Chiang said.
He said that as a result of his office's initiative, public agencies whose payrolls are listed on the controller's Website include all 58 counties n California, 478 of the state's 480 cities, 88% of California's 3,366 independent special districts, all state civil service departments and programs; and all 23 campuses comprising the California State University system.