Commission on Streamlining Government
WHEREAS, the State of Louisiana faces a greater projected shortfall for fiscal year 2012 as compared to fiscal year 2010, due in large part from the anticipated expiration of billions in temporary federal stimulus dollars in the next two years;
WHEREAS, the loss of federal funds will leave a significant funding gap in the state budget for government expenditures;
WHEREAS, Louisiana needs to act now to reduce the size and cost of government in preparation for these severe revenue reductions; and
WHEREAS, input from public service and private sector leaders will assist in targeting state programs and agencies whose functions can be consolidated or eliminated and identifying opportunities for privatizing and outsourcing current state functions, while making sure that state-funded programs and services demonstrate effective and efficient performance and meet the needs of the citizens;
NOW THEREFORE, I, BOBBY JINDAL, Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and the laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: The Commission on Streamlining Government (hereafter Commission) is hereby established. Its mission is to examine each state department or agency’s constitutional and statutory functions, powers, duties and responsibilities to determine which of these functions, powers, duties and responsibilities can be
(4) privatized, or
(5) outsourced in an effort to reduce the size and cost of state government.
SECTION 2: The duties of the Commission shall include, but are not limited to, the following:
A. Review whether an activity provided by a state agency or entity should be eliminated, streamlined, consolidated, privatized, or outsourced to provide the same or greater type and quality of activity, function, program, or service that would result in cost savings or greater efficiency or effectiveness of service.
B. Recommend elimination, consolidation, privatization, or outsourcing of a state agency or entity, department, or function if a proposed elimination, consolidation, privatization, or outsourcing is demonstrated to provide a more cost efficient or more effective manner of providing a governmental service.
C. Review agency activities, functions, programs, and services to ensure they are not duplicative and are necessary, meeting or exceeding performance standards, and meeting the needs of Louisiana citizens.
D. Evaluate the operation of public institutions and services to determine if, given the evolution of available alternative resources, these services may be provided in a more cost-effective manner without impacting the quality or availability of needed services.
E. Recommend standards, processes, and guidelines for the Commission and state agencies to use in order to review and evaluate government activities to eliminate, streamline, consolidate, privatize, or outsource.
SECTION 3: The Commission shall be composed of thirteen (13) members as follows, seven (7) of which shall form a quorum:
A. The Commissioner of the Division of Administration, as the Governor’s designee;
B. The Speaker of the House of Representatives or the Speaker’s designee;
C. The President of the Senate or the President’s designee;
D. The State Treasurer;
E. The Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals;
F. The Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources;
G. The Executive Director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission;
H. The Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee;
I. The Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee;
J. Two (2) individuals engaged in private enterprise, appointed by the Governor;
K. One (1) individual engaged in private enterprise, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives; and
L. One (1) individual engaged in private enterprise, appointed by the President of the Senate.
SECTION 4 : The Commission may hold public hearings as part of its evaluation process, and may appoint advisory groups to conduct studies, research or analyses, and make reports and recommendations with respect to a matter within the jurisdiction of the Commission. At least one member of the Commission shall serve on each advisory group.
SECTION 5: The Commission shall submit an initial report of its recommendations, including recommendations requiring legislation or administrative action, to the Governor, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee, the House and Governmental Affairs Committee, and the Commissioner of Administration no later than December 15, 2009.The Commission shall prepare the recommendation in the report as a reorganization plan and submit the plan to the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee and the House and Governmental Affairs Committee for consideration by January 4, 2010. The plan shall be considered without amendment by the committees, meeting jointly, by February 1, 2010. If approved by each committee, legislative and executive action necessary to implement the approved reorganization plan shall be taken as soon as possible. The Commission shall submit a report annually before January first consisting of the status and implementation of the reorganization plan approved by the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee and the House and Governmental Affairs Committee to the Governor, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee, and the House and Governmental Affairs Committee.
SECTION 6: All departments, commissions, boards, offices, entities, agencies, and officers of the State of Louisiana, or any political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate with the Commission in implementing the provisions of this Order.
SECTION 7: This Order is effective upon signature and shall continue in effect until amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded by the Governor, or terminated by operation of law.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF , I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the City of Baton Rouge, on this 24th day of April, 2009.
Secretary of State