Editor's note: an earlier version of this story contained an error that is corrected below. The Arkansas Policy Foundation recently identified 180 efficiency initiatives that are underway at state agencies and made 60 policy recommendations, most of them at the state Department of Finance and Administration and the state Department of Education. An Arkansas News Bureau report published Tuesday incorrectly stated that the foundation made 180 recommendations.
LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Monday he is creating a new state office to lead implementation of his plan to streamline state government.
Hutchinson said in a news release the Office of Transformation will drive initiatives developed by his office as well as some of those recommended by the Arkansas Policy Foundation in a recently released report.
The Arkansas Policy Foundation recently identified 180 efficiency initiatives that are underway at state agencies and made 60 policy recommendations, most of them at the state Department of Finance and Administration and the state Department of Education.
Hutchinson said the initiatives he wants to implement include formulating a statewide strategic plan, centralizing state services and increasing utilization of online services and citizen participation.
“I am delighted to announce the establishment of the Office of Transformation to identify potential state efficiencies and implement cost savings,” he said in the release. “Increasing efficiencies to conserve state resources is the best way to return money to the pockets of hard-working taxpayers and deliver better state services to Arkansans.”
Amy Fecher, currently serving as executive vice president of operations for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and the governor’s designee for the Delta Regional Authority, will serve in the newly created position of chief transformation officer while retaining her other positions, Hutchinson said.
Hutchinson spokesman J.R. Davis said Fecher will not receive any additional pay. Her current salary at AEDC is $121,037, according to the state’s transparency website.
The Office of Transformation will have no other employees and no separate budget, but Fecher will have the resources of the governor’s office, including the office’s staff, at her disposal, Davis said. He said she will have a desk in the governor’s office at the state Capitol.
Hutchinson said in the release that Fecher “is experienced in state government reorganization, and I have no doubt that her experience will provide valuable insight and direction as we strive to increase savings, modernize operations and reduce excessive bureaucracy.”
Fecher said in the release, “I am honored to take on this challenge and continue serving the people of Arkansas in this new role. As the governor’s chief transformation officer, I hope to continue working to deliver the best services for the people of Arkansas in the most cost-efficient and effective manner possible.”