Folmer, Vulakovich Introduce Civil Service Reform

Senators Mike Folmer (R-48) and Randy Vulakovich (R-38) have introduced legislation that aims to modernize the Civil Service Commission. 

Senate Bill 1037 would streamline the Commission by shifting several responsibilities to the Commonwealth’s Office of Administration, including merit-based hiring, civil service applications, certifications, examinations and promotions. The changes will not impact veterans’ preference.

“For over 75 years, the Civil Service Commission has had two prime responsibilities: merit-based hiring and appeals from employment decisions,” said Senator Folmer. “Our proposed legislation would allow the Commission to focus on appeals while consolidating the Commonwealth’s merit-based hiring into the Office of Administration.  These changes will better serve the needs of 21st Century job applicants.”

Senator Folmer and Vulakovich introduced legislation that was signed into law as Act 69 of 2016 to bring modest changes to the Commission by allowing it to, among other things: notify applications of job openings or tests by email; expand its “Rule of Three” provision; and establish “vacancy-based hiring.”

However, after a year, the law has not yet been implemented, resulting in renewed efforts by Senators Folmer and Vulakovich to modernize the Commission.

“I am always looking to reform government operations to enhance efficiencies and effectiveness,” said Senator Vulakovich. “It has become clear that additional Civil Service reform is necessary so the agency’s customers – those seeking employment with the Commonwealth – receive the customer service they deserve.”

The legislation was assigned to the Senate State Government Committee and it is supported by the Office of Administration and the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.


Fred Sembach (717) 787-5708 (Folmer)
Scot A. Pitzer (717) 787-6538 (Vulakovich)