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Miss. government tries to reduce workers' overtime

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Some Mississippi government agencies are trying to rein in their budgets by reducing employees' overtime work.

The state Department of Corrections is on track to save $2 million a year in overtime pay by working with the private firm called Kronos management group. David Herndon of Kronos says the department's overtime was reduced by more than $160,000 per month from October 2009 to July 2010.

Time worked is collected as it occurs, rather than after the fact through paper time sheets. The system alerts supervisors before overtime is worked and keeps up with information about absences.

Records show Mississippi government agencies paid nearly $15 million for overtime last year.

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