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Virginia‚??s Commission on Government Reform & Restructuring Releases Final Report

Harris Kenny
December 25, 2010, 9:00am

Virginia's Commission on Government Reform & Restructuring (CGRR) released its final report earlier this month outlining strategies to reduce costs and improve public service delivery. The strategies outlined to cut state spending by 2% are expected to yield savings and/or cost avoidance exceeding $100 million. Governor Bob McDonnell established CGRR in January 2010 under Executive Order No. 2.

In addressing the first meeting of the Commission, McDonnell said its purpose is "to make government smaller, simpler, and more efficient... [And to] develop ideas, weigh the pros and cons, and make recommendations that (the state) can implement either by executive, legislative, or budgetary action."

The Commission released 133 observations and recommendations from four Committees: Government Simplification & Operations, Consolidation of Shared Services and Enterprise Architecture, Intergovernmental Relations and Customer Service, Performance, Accountability and Transparency.

The focus on practical application makes the report worth reading in its entirety. That said, some highlights include:

Other noteworthy recommendations include:

Virginia is not the only state seeking to cut costs and improve public service delivery. Last year, Louisiana's Commission on Streamlining Government released a set of over 230 reform recommendations estimated to save the state at least $1 billion per year. In New Jersey, the Privatization Task Force established by Gov. Chris Christie released a report earlier this year; and in Arizona, Gov. Jan Brewer established a Commission on Privatization and Efficiency (COPE) that released its initial report this past September.

Since its establishment in January, the work done by the Commission on Government Reform & Restructuring has been both comprehensive and substantive; and the McDonnell administration is already following its counsel. For example, the Virginia Department of transportation consolidated its local toll-free numbers into one call center, reducing overlapping staff from 100 down to 25. It will be interesting to see how other recommendations in this report fare in the coming years.

Harris Kenny is a research assistant at Reason Foundation

Harris Kenny is Policy Analyst

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