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California State Government Organization and the Role of the Control Agencies


California government as an enterprise is one of the largest employers in the state with more than 160 agencies, departments, boards and commissions and a workforce of 237,000 employees. In this session you will learn about the government structure within the Executive branch and the roles that control agencies play in delivering services to Californians.

The California State Executive Appointment Training Academy is comprised of seven courses. Complete all courses in this series to receive a CEA Academy Certificate.


• Review the structure of the Executive branch

• Identify the control agencies and their interaction with the Governor’s Office and your department

• Discuss the make-up of the Legislature, its role in state government, and why it is important to you