Obenshain Appointed to Governor's
Commission on Government Reform
Appointment Provides an Opportunity to Promote
Smaller, More Efficient, Streamlined Government
HARRISONBURG -- Today, Senator Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) thanked Governor McDonnell for granting him the opportunity to serve on the new Governor's Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring, created by Executive Order No. 2 moments after McDonnell took office on January 16.
"It is an honor to be appointed to serve on the Governor's Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring," said Obenshain. "A serious examination governmental priorities and the manner in which state government provides services is long overdue. Governor McDonnell recognizes that 'we've always done it this way' is not a reason in and of itself, and that especially now, while revenues are low, it is essential that we prioritize and find more efficient and effective ways to provide key services. Streamlining government will not solve all our problems, but it is a vital step in the right direction."
The commission, to be chaired by Fred Malek, the founder and chairman of Thayer Capital Partners, consists of a bipartisan group of current and former legislators, local government officials, businesspeople, administration officials, and policy analysts from across the Commonwealth. Senator Obenshain is one of four senators tapped to serve, alongside Senators Mary Margaret Whipple (D-Arlington), Ryan McDougle (R-Hanover), and Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth).
The Commission is charged with identifying opportunities for creating efficiencies in state government, exploring innovative ways to deliver state services at a better value to Virginia taxpayers, seeking out means to more effectively and efficiently perform core state functions, and examine ways for state government to be more transparent and accountable.
"Anyone who has ever interacted with state government knows how frustrating the process can be," said Obenshain. "Our responsibility is to scrutinize both what and how government delivers, and to ask whether services can be delivered more effectively and efficiently - and even, sometimes, whether government should be delivering it at all."
A leading proponent of auditing the Virginia Department of Transportation, a proposal adopted by the Governor, and of exploring opportunities to privatize Virginia's ABC stores, Senator Obenshain has long made government reform a top priority. "Serving on the Commission affords me an opportunity to push for much-needed changes in the way Virginia does business," said Obenshain.
"Governor McDonnell and I are both strong advocates of government reform, and I look forward to working with the Governor and my colleagues on the new reform commission," said Obenshain.
The Commission will hold its first meeting within the next month and will complete its initial report to the Governor by July 16, with a final report with recommendations to be issued by December 1.
Senator Obenshain represents the twenty-sixth district in the Virginia Senate. The district includes the city of Harrisonburg and the counties of Warren, Shenandoah, Page, Rappahannock and Rockingham (part).
ON THE WEB:
Mark's website: http://www.markobenshain.com
Mark's Facebook profile: http://www.facebook.com/markobenshainI look forward to serving you in this new capacity. If you have any ideas or suggestions for government reform, moreover, I hope that you will not hesitate to contact me by telephone at (540) 437-1451 or via email at email@example.com. Many of the best ideas come from those "on the ground" dealing with government, so if you have ideas that should be brought before the Commission, I want to hear from you!