State of California
Department of Personnel Administration
1515 S Street
North Building, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95814
Welcome to your new job with the State of California. You have joined an
outstanding team of State employees serving the citizens of California through
hard work, dedication, and special talents.
This handbook provides an overview of California State government, employee
rights and responsibilities, and the benefits and career opportunities that come
with the job. If you have questions, ask your supervisor for help finding the right
person or department to get you more detailed information.
You also can learn about the benefits available to you, training opportunities,
labor contracts, and more by browsing the pages of the Department of Personnel
Administration’s Web site www.dpa.ca.gov.
We hope you enjoy a long and rewarding career as a State Employee.
California State Government
California State Government is divided into three branches: Executive,
Legislative, and Judicial. The State Constitution separates the functions of each
The Executive Branch consists of the agencies, departments, boards, and
commissions that serve the people of the State of California. The administration
of this branch is conducted by elected officials: the Governor, Lieutenant
Governor, Secretary of State, Controller, Treasurer, Superintendent of Public
Instruction, Attorney General, Insurance Commissioner, and Chair of the Board
The Legislative Branch is composed of two houses: the Senate and the
Assembly. There are 40 Senators and 80 Assembly Members.
The Judicial Branch consists of the State Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, and
Trial Courts (Superior Courts).
The State Constitution and the Government Code establish civil service
procedures. The Department of Personnel Administration