Regional Government Efficiency Working Group
by Shari Dovale
On April 25, 2019, Idaho Governor Brad Little signed an Executive Order creating the Regional Government Efficiency Working Group chaired by Idaho Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin to identify where Idaho can gain efficiencies and improve customer service at state agency regional offices across the state.
On September 17, 2019, elected officials and other members of Idaho state government gathered in Sandpoint to address the issues brought forth through the executive order.
With the intention of identifying where Idaho can gain efficiencies and improve customer service at state agency regional offices, the meeting brought local elected officials from all levels of government. Included in the meeting were Sandpoint Mayor Shelby Rognstad, Bonner County Commissioner Jeff Connolly, State Representatives Heather Scott and Sage Dixon, and State Senator Jim Woodward.
All of the District 1 officials had unique perspectives to the questions raised by the panel, with several solutions being offered.
It is an interesting prospect, to find if government can police themselves and become more “efficient”. They might consider beginning right at the top, where the Idaho State Constitution tells them to begin.
CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF IDAHO
ARTICLE IV EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT
Section 20. Departments limited. All executive and administrative officers, agencies, and instrumentalities of the executive department of the state and their respective functions, powers, and duties, except for the office of governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state controller, state treasurer, attorney general and superintendent of public instruction, shall be allocated by law among and within not more than twenty departments by no later than January 1, 1975. Subsequently, all new powers or functions shall be assigned to departments, divisions, sections or units in such a manner as will tend to provide an orderly arrangement in the administrative organization of state government. Temporary agencies may be established by law and need not be allocated within a department; however, such temporary agencies may not exist for longer than two years.
Currently, by my count, there are nearly 200 different departments, agencies and boards.I am not sure how ‘efficient’ that would be?
The meeting on 9/17/19 is presented below.
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