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Scutari Bill Would Have State Government Assess Use of Office Space to Identify Savings

TRENTON – State government would conduct a study of its use of office space to determine if savings can be identified, according to legislation sponsored by Senate President Nick Scutari that was approved by a Senate committee today.

The bill, S-2290, would have the Treasury Department work with the top official of each department in state government on a utilization study of leased offices to identify how much space is being utilized and how much is vacant or underused. The findings would be used to identify potential cost savings.

“The remote work that was necessary during the pandemic has transitioned to a hybrid schedule for many state employees who work remotely a few days a week,” said Senator Scutari. “This has altered the state’s need for work space. If we can identify cost savings by rightsizing we should do it. We shouldn’t be paying for space that isn’t needed.”

The Civil Service Commission created a telework program in 2022 that allows eligible state employees to work remotely two days a week. The commission says it has been successful in maintaining productivity.

The study would include the total amount of office space leased or owned by each state department or agency, the impact of remote work on office needs, and any potential savings by the more efficient use of office space. The Treasurer would submit the report to the Governor and the Legislature within 90 days of the bill’s enactment.

The bill was approved by the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee with a unanimous vote.