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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1, 2002

Governor Ryan Issues Executive Orders to Streamline Government and Maximize Efficiency

SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today signed two executive orders that will eliminate 31 boards and commissions and incorporate the Offices of Statewide Performance Review and Strategic Planning into the Bureau of the Budget.

“By institutionalizing the Offices of Performance Review and Strategic Planning in the Bureau of the Budget we’ll be able to continue to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of state government,” Governor Ryan said. “We’ll be better able to measure the performance of state agencies and plan for their futures when it comes to budget making decisions.”

Governor Ryan created the Offices of Strategic Planning and Performance Review in 1999 to ensure a higher level of accountability and effectiveness in state agencies under the Executive Branch.

Today’s actions also continue Governor Ryan’s efforts to streamline state government by eliminating 31 boards and commissions that are no longer necessary. Executive Order No. 3 abolishes entities that are either inactive or serve no function.

“I am committed to streamlining government and reducing bureaucracy whenever possible,” Governor Ryan said. “Executive Order No. 3 builds on Senate Bill 1860 which eliminated 28 boards and commissions in 2000.”

Executive Order No. 3 brings the total of unnecessary boards and commissions eliminated by Governor Ryan to 59. Two bills being pushed in the General Assembly by the Ryan administration would eliminate an additional 33 unneeded boards and commissions, and if passed, would mean a total of 92 unnecessary boards and commissions abolished by Governor Ryan.



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