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Sunday, December 17, 2006

Operational Review Teams

WOW! Is that an enticing subject or what? Operational Reviews!

Well, to some of us in state government, that is where the money/rubber if you will hits the road.

Are you getting what you pay for? Odd thought when spending more is the preferred method of showing that one cares about an issue. You can go online to the Inn at Little Washington and see that dinners run $138 per person and you can drive up to a Mickey Ds window and get a double cheeseburger for 99 cents.

On Thursday, I met with Bill Leighty(COS to Kaine),Tim Bass (Enterprise Application Director and Deputy Secretary of Technology), and Mike Thompson of the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy to firm up the intiative between the Cost Cutting Caucus and the Administration.

We are setting up teams - one House member, a Senate member, a person or two from the private sector and executive branch middle management to review certain areas of state spending.

They are :
Energy
Communications
Water Usage
Real Estate
Central Mail
Printing/Copying
Return to Work
Solid Waste
Fleet Management

We also added two areas and will ask JLARC to review another.
VITA
Accounts Receivables

The legislative members will act primarily as a steering committee working with the others to focus, drill down and explore these areas.

As the teams are set, we'll let you know so that you can forward any ideas onto each. Or feel free to post them here.

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