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Mon, 2010-05-10 20:00 -- ajohnston

Senator McDougle Appointed to Governor’s

Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring 

Richmond, Virginia:  On Friday, Senator Ryan McDougle (R-Hanover) was appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring.  This Commission was created moments after Governor McDonnell took office by Executive Order Number Two.  The purpose of the Commission is to examine ways to make state government more efficient and effective and streamline areas of inefficient and unnecessary services, focusing on the core functions of government.   

“I’m honored and excited to start working with the other members of the Commission to find ways to save our taxpayer dollars and restructure areas of waste and duplication in state government.  The Commonwealth should be using the most efficient methods to carry out everyday government services.  Especially in this challenging economic time, families and individuals have cut spending and I feel strongly that state government must do the same,” said Senator McDougle.    

In the a press release Governor McDonnell issued on May 7, 2010, the Governor remarked, "We must make government simpler and easier to use, more efficient and more effective. That is the work of this Commission. The Commission members will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the state’s agencies, programs, and services to find out how we can make our state government work better for its owners, the people of Virginia. I look forward to working with these reform-minded leaders to examine how Virginia can better serve the taxpayers. Our state and local government employees have made Virginia one of the best managed states in the nation and just like them, I will always seek to make us even better." 

The Commission will be meeting soon during the next month and will complete its first report to the Governor by July 16, 2010.  A final report will recommendations of the Commission will be made by December 1, 2010.   

The core responsibilities of the Commission are as follows:  

  1. Identify opportunities for creating efficiencies in state government, including streamlining, consolidating, or eliminating redundant and unnecessary agency services, governing bodies, regulations and programs 
  2. Explore innovative ways to deliver state services at the lowest cost and best value to Virginia taxpayers 
  3. Seek out means to more effectively and efficiently perform core state functions, including potential privatization of government operations where appropriate, and restore focus on core mission oriented service 
  4. Examine ways for state government to be more transparent, user friendly and accountable 

Senator McDougle represents the Fourth Senate district which includes the counties of Caroline, Essex, Hanover, King William, King and Queen, Middlesex and part of Spotsylvania County.