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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 18, 2004

Improving procurement and information technology initiatives in Fiscal Year 2005 among highlights in the Department of Central Management Services
Through continued procurement efficiency alone Illinois projects savings of $200 million in 2005

SPRINGFIELD –Looking ahead to Fiscal Year 2005, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) will focus efforts on making the most of taxpayers’ dollars. Among the key budget initiatives to continue to take priority in 2005, are the state’s procurement and information technology issues, which CMS oversees. 
 
In order for CMS to better enable Illinois state agencies and governmental entities to focus their resources on their core missions, its budget for FY05 has been increased to $3.45 billion, from the FY04 allotment of $3.43 billion. Excluding the Health Insurance Reserve Fund and other revolving funds, the CMS budget decreased in FY05 to $1.35 billion, from the FY04 allotment of $1.39 billion.
 
“Since the day we took office, CMS has been a leader of the Governor’s initiative to do more with less,” said CMS Director Michael Rumman.  “The budget allocations for the upcoming year will help us continue to serve the people of Illinois to the best of our ability.”
 
Highlights in the Governor’s budget proposal for Central Management Services include:
  • Continuation of cost saving initiatives such as procurement efficiency (estimated gross savings of $200 million in 2005), information technology consolidation ($70.6 million in 2005), facilities management consolidation ($36 million in 2005), internal audit consolidation ($2.7 million in 2005), consolidation of legal services ($3.5 million in 2005) and fleet management ($4 million in 2005). 
  • In an effort to better focus the efforts of CMS on key priorities, certain non-core functions will be transferred.  9-1-1 telecommunications grants will be transferred to the Illinois Commerce Commission and the CMS Police will be consolidated into the Illinois State Police Department.
  • Workers’ Compensation Programs from the Department of Corrections, Department of Human Services and Department of Transportation will be consolidated into CMS in FY05, meaning CMS will administer all of the State’s Workers’ Compensation Programs with the exception of the programs in the educational agencies.


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