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Wyoming Continues Work on Government Savings and Efficiency Projects

posted Oct 19, 2018, 9:45 AM by Chris Mickey

The state of Wyoming recently signed a contract with consultants Alvarez and Marsal to continue work on government savings and efficiency projects identified last year. In 2017, the Government Savings and Efficiency Commission contracted with Alvarez and Marsal to study several areas of state government. The goal was to find potential changes to government that would result in general fund savings or ways to conduct state operations more efficiently. Results of the study were incorporated into a final report to the legislature.

Senate File 120 advances the efficiency effort and includes several recommendations from the Alvarez and Marsal report. Savings and efficiency projects are determined by the Governor with the consultation of the Commission.

“Several good recommendations came from Alvarez and Marsal’s first report and the Legislature provided me the opportunity to pursue many of them,” said Governor Matt Mead. “Wyoming will continue working towards greater efficiency and spending our dollars wisely. Streamlining government has been one of the foundations of my administration from the beginning.”

Governor Mead has identified these initial projects:

  • Integrate technology across State agencies;
  • Develop regional service centers for school districts;
  • Implement and expand shared services throughout State agencies;
  • Conduct a statewide organizational and line of service review of state operations to reveal overlapping state agency responsibilities and recommend opportunities to streamline;
  • Conduct a strategic sourcing review with the State’s procurement system and implement sourcing solutions as practical and appropriate;
  • Explore Medicaid billing for school-based special education services;
  • Establish a project management office; and
  • Other projects as approved by the Governor.

“It was important to leave room in the contract for the next Administration to evaluate the ongoing projects and determine which ones will continue, which projects to adjust and the ability to propose new projects based on their own priorities,” Governor Mead continued. “Projects need to be prioritized since they cannot be funded simultaneously.”

Alvarez and Marsal will utilize their subject matter expertise to: establish a Project Management Office, implement project management tools, develop a framework to identify and quantify savings associated with projects, assist with project execution, develop a means to monitor and report on progress and identify additional projects the state should pursue.

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