The most comprehensive overhaul of state government since 1968 became official on July 1.  The Governor’s plan, which was  implemented and transitioned to over the past year, cut the number of state agencies from 12 to 10 and eliminated and consolidated dozens of departments and entities.
As a result, five existing state agencies have been replaced by the following three:

    1. The Government Operations Agency, which will be responsible for administering state operations, such as procurement, information technology and human resources;
    2. The Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency, which will be responsible for licensing and oversight of industries, businesses and other professionals; and
    3. The Transportation Agency, which will align all of the state’s transportation entities.

As a result, Governor Brown appointed new Agency Secretaries the last week of June.  The Governor appointed Marybel Batjer, 58, of Reno, Secretary of the Government Operations Agency; Anna Caballero, 59, of Salinas, Secretary of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency; and Brian Kelly, 44, of Sacramento, Secretary of the Transportation Agency.
Batjer had most recently served as vice president of public policy and corporate social responsibility at Caesars Entertainment Corporation since 2005. She served as cabinet secretary for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger from 2003 to 2005, chief of staff for Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn from 2000 to 2003.
Caballero had most recently served as Secretary of the California State and Consumer Services Agency since 2011 and was a California State Assemblymember representing the 28th District from 2006 to 2010.
Kelly had most recently served as acting secretary at the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency since 2012, where he was undersecretary in 2012. He was executive staff director for Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg from 2008 to 2012 and executive principal consultant for Senate President pro Tempore Don Perata from 2004 to 2008.