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Title: Government Reform

Government Reform
  • A Brief History
  • and
  • a Few Ideas to Consider
  • Bill Leighty and Mike Thompson
  • Senior Advisors

Government Reform History
  • Since 1916 there have been 14 major efforts at
    government reform in Virginia
  • Either the state government defies
    reorganization or it just wont stay organized.
  • James Latimer, Richmond Times Dispatch

Earlier Efforts
  • Building Boxes
  • From 1916 through 1960s
  • Moving Boxes
  • 1970s
  • Shrinking Boxes
  • 1980S AND 1990S

Earlier Efforts
  • Most significant reform efforts
  • 1927 Reed Commission (Governor Byrd)
  • Short ballot, governor as chief executive
    (centralization of government)
  • 1977 Hopkins Commission (Governor Godwin)
  • Led to existing agency structure
  • 5 year study

Successful Commissions
  • Personal commitment of the governor
  • High degree of involvement by, and coordination
    with, the General Assembly
  • Sufficient staff resources
  • Longer study and reporting time frame
  • Concentration of public opinion

Recent Reform Efforts
  • Governor Doug Wilder 1990-1992
  • Project Streamline
  • Governor George Allen 1994
  • Blue Ribbon Strike Force on Government
  • VA Govt Competition Act 1995
  • Commonwealth Competition Council

Recent Reform Efforts cont
  • Governor Warner 2002
  • Commission on Efficiency and Effectiveness
  • The Wilder Commission
  • AGs Regulatory Reform Commissions
  • Attorney General Jerry Kilgore
  • Attorney General Bob McDonnell
  • Council on Virginias Future

Project Streamline Gov. Wilder
  • Many Recommendations Implemented
  • Two Not Implemented
  • Privatize Virginia Welcome Centers

Blue Ribbon Strike Force Gov. Allen
  • 160 Recommendations Suggested
  • 77.5 Fully or partially implemented
  • 18.75 Not implemented
  • 3.75 No longer valid

Blue Ribbon Strike Force
  • Four Recommendations Not Implemented
  • Eliminate use of Maximum Employment Levels when
    discussing state employment and replace it with a
    budget control system
  • Increase privatization of mental health and
    mental retardation facilities, rehabilitation
    facilities and child support enforcement

Blue Ribbon Strike Force Continued
  • Competitively bid more road maintenance
  • -- Interstates do it, not other roads
  • Abolish the Compensation Board

Commonwealth Competition Council
  • Created in 1995
  • Council Members appointed by General Assembly and
  • Basically reduced to a footnote in the about
    2002/03 period although Council still meets

CCC -- Continued
  • Among its Activities when active
  • Worked with Sen. Walter Stosch on the Public
    Private Education Infrastructure Act Public
    Private Transportation Act
  • Saved Tens of Millions
  • Created accounting software called COMPETE
  • could determine full cost of government
  • Analysis of State Commercial Activities
  • 37,555 FTE positions that could be competitively

Wilder Commission --Governor Warner
  • 62 Recommendations Suggested
  • 62 Fully or partially implemented
  • 39 Not implemented
  • 9 No longer valid

Wilder Commission
  • Four Recommendations Not Implemented
  • Consolidate/eliminate Exec agencies
  • Unify payroll systems for higher ed
  • Reduce state funding of Constitutional
  • Study privatizing ABC stores

Other Ideas to Possibly Consider
  • Employee levels
  • Update 1999 CCC FTE study by state agencies
  • If 4,000 more than 2005 -- 528 million in two
  • 8 turnover every year
  • Today there are 975 jobs listed as vacant
  • Truly critical at this time?
  • Employment freeze until better times?

Ideas Cont
  • Electronic meetings
  • VA is an at will state in private sector
    employment. State system is more difficult to
    get rid of bad employees
  • Create Citizens Friendly Budget Document
    General Assembly document not adequate to any
    normal person
  • Construction on campus as much as 50 higher than
    similar construction off campus.

Ideas Cont
  • Court locations
  • Several courts are within walking distance of
    each other
  • Re-establish /Rename the Commonwealth Competition
    Council as a major part of this reform effort
    and/or ..
  • Establish an Inspector General position
  • Privatize and Consolidate Health Human Services
    Help Lines into One Call Center

Ideas Cont
  • Organization charts
  • State Government as a whole
  • Every Secretariat and Agency
  • Public Private Partnerships
  • Lease/lease backs billions potentially
  • Toll Roads, HOT lanes, even airports
  • Missouri Bridge Idea
  • Centralize/Privatize Eligibility/Enrollment
    functions for Medicaid and other health programs.

Ideas Cont
  • All state agencies contract for electricity under
    the state negotiated price
  • 43 agencies analyzed had 200 financial software
  • State fleet maintenance competitively bid and
    local govts could learn from this
  • Reward costs savings ideas from state employees
    with percentage of savings

Allen Louderbach Ideas
  • Car Pooling to state meetings required
  • VDOT fencing at 32,000/mile
  • One license plate, not two
  • County Commissioners/Treasurers
  • Track down state debtors
  • Sales tax collections at local level
  • Cut state admin costs

  • The only way we will make a better future is by
    making wise choices about what government does
    and then executing those undertakings
  • Bill Eggers, in his recent book,
  • If We Can Put a Man on the Moon