Virginia Continues to Take Big Steps Towards Government Reform

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell set up the Governor’s Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring (commission) with Executive Order No. 2. The commission’s purpose is find a way to make the Virginia State Government more effective, more efficient by streamlining the process, identifying and trimming unneeded agencies.  Further, the commission is to make the state government more transparent, accountable, and accessible to the residents of Virginia.

On April 12, 2011, the Governor signed twenty pieces of government reform legislation based on the commission’s findings.  These pieces of legislation will eliminate the disability services council; consolidate water quality project reports; establishes a state inspector general; consolidates payroll services; and authorizes the consolidation of executive branch agency reports

 In addition, on November 29, 2011, Governor McDonnell announced that he had submitted his Government Reorganization Plan to the General Assembly. This plan was estimated by the Department of Planning and Budget to save at least $2 million a year by cutting two state agencies and nineteen boards and commissions, merging seven agencies and twenty-three boards and commissions, moving four offices and initiatives, and de-regulating three professions. The Governor’s Plan has passed the House and is currently before the State Senate.  

For the current version of Governor McDonnell’s Government Reorganization Plan click here

 For more information about The Government Reform & Restructuring Commission click here.

This blog post was created by Abby Brinkerhoff, Albany Law School Class of 2013.