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State restructuring may help Connecticut jobs

Posted on August 26, 2019

A major restructuring of the executive branch may lead towards more efficient Connecticut jobs.

Governor Ned Lamont announced that he is directing executive branch state agencies to begin a major restructuring of their human resources operations in an effort to reduce bureaucracy and implement efficiencies with the goal of improving the ability of residents to interact with the state, all while saving taxpayer dollars.

The governor, who has been in office for a little over six months, explained that one of his top priorities as the state’s chief executive upon taking office has been to streamline the processes of state agencies in a way that reengineers how state government serves its residents, particularly through a transformation of operations and modernization of the technologies the state uses.

To begin this process, Governor Lamont this morning signed Executive Order No. 2, which directs the execution of a human resources centralization plan in order to provide state government with the highest quality human resources services at the lowest possible cost, and further the uniform administration of processes, systems, and functions among state agencies. Office of Policy and Management (OPM) Secretary Melissa McCaw, Department of Administrative Services (DAS) Commissioner Josh Geballe, and Governor Lamont’s Chief Operating Officer Paul Mounds, Jr. will be responsible for leading these efforts. The executive order also creates a steering committee, co-chaired by Commissioner Geballe and Secretary McCaw, to provide governance for the initiative and oversight of the planning and implementation of the plan.

This is believed to be the first time the executive branch has ever commenced a restructuring of its human resource offices.

“As a business owner, I understand the critical need to continually evaluate how your operations are functioning in order to ensure that you are being cost-efficient while providing the best possible services to your customers,” Governor Lamont said. “There are a number of duplicative functions within state government that we should streamline in order to drive down costs and make interacting with government easier for residents. We are going to break down artificial silos and centralize functions that don’t require independent fiefdoms, knocking down bureaucracies that were allowed to needlessly develop over many years that don’t serve a logical or financial purpose. My mission is to give Connecticut residents the best possible services at a cost-efficient level, all while implementing modern technologies that make it easier to interact with state government.”

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