Fiscal year 2000
The agency budget remains very lean. The principal component is the wages and benefits for the four full-time staff members. To stay abreast of the large caseload, the agency is streamlining procedures when possible, and within the constraints of due process. The agency also continues to increase reliance on automation. To minimize costs, it sets hearings in Anchorage when possible, and relies on telephone conferences for participation by persons outside the Anchorage area. Moreover, the agency now hears disputes for decision on the written record where appropriate. The agency also conducts most elections by mail ballot, avoiding travel and loss of productive employee time during travel.
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