In an effort to spend tax dollars more efficiently, Utah Governor Gary Herbert is reorganizing his budget office, creating a new Office of Management and Budget. Ally Isom, the Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff, says he wants to take a closer look at the management of state agencies as well as budgeting to carry out state projects and initiatives more effectively.
As we look at enterprise level projects and initiatives, are they as efficient as possible? Are we doing all we can in the overall scope and structure and delivery mechanism within state government to deliver the most we can for the taxpayer? Are the service delivery models efficient and are we squeezing every little bit of value out of every single dollar?,” she says.
Herbert named Department of Workforce Services Executive Director Kristen Cox as the new office’s director. Isom says Cox will work with state agencies to optimize the use of agency resources and implement cost-saving measures throughout state government.
“It will create a real interface between how we manage state government and how we budget for our programs, and a greater sense of accountability and transparency in that administrative process. It’s really about good governance. The Governor is hoping Kristen can spearhead this effort to take state government to another level,” she says.
Herbert’s office will be working with legislative leaders to formally create the new management and budget office during the 2013 session.
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