Washington agencies begin consolidation transition

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Gov. Chris Gregoire's office says the transition has begun to consolidate five state agencies into three, a move expected to save $18 million in the current budget.

On Oct. 1, four agencies will cease to operate: the Department of General Administration, Department of Personnel, State Printer, and Department of Information Services. Their jobs will be taken over by the new Department of Enterprise Services or the new Consolidated Technology Services.

In addition the Office of Financial Management will lose and gain some functions but continue to oversee budget, planning and policies.