Governor Seeks State Employees' Ideas on Governmental Efficiency

May 24, 2012 — Gov. Robert F. McDonnell has asked Commonwealth employees to suggest ways in which the Virginia government can be more efficient and effective.

In an email to state employees, McDonnell wrote, "As public servants working for the Commonwealth, you have a unique appreciation for the way state government operates. On a daily basis, you see what works well at your agency or institution, and what could be improved."

This year, the governor created the second annual "30-Day Sprint." Employees have until June 11 to submit their suggestions to improve the government's efficiency and effectiveness. The winner of the best suggestion will be recognized July 2 at the Executive Mansion and also will receive $2,500.

Last year's winner was Karen Barger of the Virginia Veterans Care Center, who suggested that the Commonwealth do away with advertising job openings in print publications. After seeing Barger's suggestion, the Commonwealth found that more than 92 percent of Virginians find out about employment opportunities online and that the state had spent over $17 million the past five years on print media job advertisements.

— by Anne Bromley