|Blowing Up The Boxes|
|Wednesday, 11 July 2012 15:50|
Governor’s reorganization plan slices Transportation from BTH
When Arnold Schwarzenegger was Governor he proposed reorganizing state government by what he called “blowing up the boxes.” Governor Jerry Brown has very quietly accomplished at least the start of this much-needed work with a reorganization plan that went into effect July 3.
The Governor’s plan will reduce the number of cabinet level agencies from 12 to 10 and, at least for the construction industry, creates a new and important new cabinet position—the California Transportation Agency, bringing all of the state’s transportation efforts under one roof, with one boss (a player to be named later) and hopefully one agenda—the improvement of our state transportation system in all its nooks and crannies.
Governor Brown introduced the plan in January and there were several hoops it had to jump through with the legislature. Then it went to the Little Hoover Commission, which completed its mandated review of the reorganization plan following three hearings in April on the specifics of the plan plus meetings in April and May to discuss their findings for inclusion in a report to the legislature.
The Little Hoover Commission found that “the reorganization of departments in the three new agencies is potentially valuable and should encourage more collaboration and innovation by improving communication and cooperation among departments. Importantly, it should set the stage for agency secretaries and department directors to better manage their operations.”