Friday, June 26, 2009

News Virginian: "VDOT needs outside look"

It this doesn't paint a picture of government waste, I don't know what does. The Waynesboro News Virginian makes the case for an external audit of VDOT- not as a cure-all - but as an important additional tool to helping control costs and increase efficiency.

Government wastes like a fat man breathes, heavier and more frequently with each step. Few agencies are fatter than state departments of transportation, whose waste may be anything but voluntary. Feeding perpetually on taxpayer money, state DOTs are a traditional repository of raw gluttony, with parasitic legions swarming to nibble and sometimes chomp at bounties of billions of dollars. A query that percolates in the commonwealth: Is VDOT different?

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Friday, June 19, 2009

"Shining a Spotlight on Transparency"

Check out the latest on one of our favorite topics: Transparency, from Bacon's Rebellion,
The legitimacy of government is based on the consent of the governed. As owners of our state government, every citizen of Virginia is entitled to full and complete information about how their government acts and what their Representatives do. If we cannot keep ourselves informed on the workings of our government, we cannot retain control over our government.

Read on...

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Diligence and Creativity Needed

Virginia's budget gap continues to widen- and while this will present challenges, it should also provide legislators the opportunity to continue to examine commonsense, cost-saving measures to help protect core services while also reducing the overall costs of government.

Maybe it's time to again bring out those Operational Review Reports and continue to look for new ways government can do better for less!

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Monday, June 01, 2009

In Case You Missed them: Operational Reviews

We wanted to once again post the Operational Review Reports- since some folks had contacted us with questions. This time we figured we'd just post all the links in one post, so that they are a big more easily accessible.

Stay tuned for more news and updates from the Cost Cutting Caucuse!


Virginia's Experience with Operational Reviews

Energy Operational Review Report

Accounts Receivable Operational Review Report

Printer, Copier, and Paper Operational Review

Mail Operational Review Report

State Travel Operational Review Report

Fleet Operational Review Report

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