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Chief of Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration retiring

Kevin Upchurch, state fiscal officer and executive director of the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration, is retiring after more than 32 years in state government. He plans to depart at the end of June. Upchurch is a minister of building and grounds of sorts for the state. But the 400-employee department he oversees has a host of other responsibilities, ...

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Bryant orders contracting reforms in wake of Epps, McCroy scandal

Phil Bryant

State agencies will be forced to operate more openly in advertising, amending and awarding contracts, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says in a issuing a pair of executive orders Thursday on state contracting. The orders also mandate increased professional knowledge of contracting among Mississippi Department of Corrections contract workers. One of the orders, Order 1362, requires agencies posting contracts online to ...

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State groups report little impact from federal shutdown

JACKSON — Agency directors and spokesmen say Mississippi government is feeling little effect from the federal government’s partial shutdown that started last week. This includes the Department of Transportation, the Department of Education, the Department of Human Services and the Division of Medicaid — state agencies that handle large amounts of federal money. For now, there’s enough federal money on ...

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Build or lease? New study may help guide state’s decisions

A facilities study that could guide the State of Mississippi’s policies for accommodating its office and other operational needs is expected to be completed before the Christmas holidays. International commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield is wrapping up work on the second part of a study whose initial phase led to a recommendation to move the Mississippi Department of ...

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Day of reckoning ahead for Mississippi's Public Employment Retirement System

Panel studying possible changes to state retirement system benefits Upgrades in retirement benefits granted to Mississippi’s public sector workers a decade ago could get rolled back as the state, its cities, counties and school districts struggle to stay financially afloat. Citing an “unsustainable” burden on Mississippi taxpayers inching toward $1 billion annually, Gov. Haley Barbour wants a close look taken ...

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According to union lawyer, Public Employment Retirement System chief, options are limited

The head of the Public Employees Retirement System of Mississippi says the $20.7-billion retirement trust fund is constitutionally protected but she doubts the benefits of retirees and public sector workers enrolled in the plan have the same protections. “However, this could be debated,” said Pat Robertson, PERS executive director. She cited a 1986 amendment to the Mississippi Constitution in noting ...

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State buildings to be retrofitted with “smart” electric meters

More than 1,000 state-owned buildings in Mississippi, including those on the campuses of community colleges and state universities, are being retrofitted with “smart” electric meters as part of a $3.75-million grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) allocated $3.75 million in stimulus energy funds to the Mississippi Department of Finance and ...

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Breaking News: Regions Plaza fills 50,000 SF in leases with state

A signing of a lease by the State of Mississippi for more than 50,000 square feet in the half-empty Regions Plaza building Friday gave downtown Jackson’s office market just the break it had been wanting. The new tenants are the Mississippi State Personnel Board and the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration’s Management and Reporting System. They will be moving ...

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