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June 07, 2011

Mayor Vincent C. Gray Unveils Plan to Right Focus Government for Greater Efficiency and Cost Savings 

Fiscal Stability Initiative Places Emphasis on Essential Services, Elimination of Unnecessary Programs and Potential for New Non-Tax Revenues

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(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Mayor Vincent C. Gray unveiled his plans to implement the District of Columbia “One City” Performance Review to ensure continued fiscal stability and government reform. Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and current Delaware Governor Jack Markell, who have successfully led similar initiatives in their respective states, joined Mayor Gray via teleconference to offer their thoughts on the benefits of their statewide Performance Reviews.

To identify budget improvements immediately, the Gray Administration will use the District of Columbia “One City” Performance Review to reexamine and refocus current spending across every government agency. Suzanne Peck, a former Chief Technology Officer for the District of Columbia who has led two state-wide Performance Reviews in Pennsylvania and Delaware, will lead the District’s Performance Review as Senior Advisor to the City Administrator on a pro-bono basis.

In 2009, Ms. Peck served on a pro-bono basis as Governor Markell’s Program Director for the State of Delaware Business Performance Review. Peck also led the Delaware Government Management Productivity Program, which achieved millions in potential multi-year cost savings and alternate revenues to help balance the state’s budget in FY2010 and beyond.

“In speaking to the public, I’ve stressed that we can’t afford to keep doing business as usual in hopes that our finances will dramatically improve,” said Mayor Gray. “I am determined to provide responsible fiscal leadership that will ensure that taxpayers receive the best value for their tax dollars.”
Mayor Gray indicated that his administration will begin to right-focus the government by redirecting resources from outdated, poorly performing, and unnecessary programs to high-priority, essential services instead. He wants to leverage technology to reduce costs and create a culture of working smarter throughout District government. The Performance Review will free budget dollars for reinvestment in other areas of basic city needs and economic development.

State-wide Performance Reviews have been used successfully by states across the nation. In 2000, then-Governor Rendell used the Pennsylvania Performance Management Review to successfully close a projected five-year budget gap of $1.2B. Governor Markell used the Delaware Performance Review to help close a budget shortfall of $130M for FY 2009, and a then-anticipated $500M shortfall for the 2010 fiscal budget. He also solicited savings and revenue enhancement ideas directly from over 1,300 citizens as part of this review.

The District of Columbia Performance Review falls under the purview of the four priorities that Mayor Gray outlined at the beginning of his administration: 1) fiscal stability, 2) quality education, 3) jobs and economic development and 4) safe communities. Over the past several months during the budget process, the Mayor worked to produce a structurally balanced budget for the first time in four years, and to eliminate a $322 million deficit.

“We will continue to focus on work consolidations, redundancy removals, business process re-engineering, technology transformations, and creative efficiency implementations. These I expect to become good-government hallmarks of my administration,” concluded Gray.

About Governors Rendell and Markell

Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell was elected in 2002 and reelected in 2006. Among Rendell’s accomplishments as governor were adoption of a prescription-drug plan for senior citizens and an overhaul of management policies that resulted in increased women- and minority-owned business involvement and significant procurement savings.

He served as chair of the National Governors Association in 2008-09. In 2000, Rendell served as the general chair of the Democratic National Committee. Rendell was elected to two terms as District Attorney for Philadelphia from 1978 to 1985. From 1992 through 1999, he served as Mayor of Philadelphia.

Delaware Governor Jack Markell, who is focusing on growing the economy, creating jobs, strengthening schools and protecting taxpayers, took office in 2009 and inherited a record budget shortfall, rapidly rising unemployment, and a stagnant economy. Since then he has balanced two budgets, helped open shuttered manufacturing facilities, won President Obama's Race to the Top competition for progress in public school reform, and signed new laws to drive improvements in the economy, environment, and education.

He was elected State Treasurer in 1998, winning three consecutive terms, including his last re-election in November of 2006 with an overwhelming 70 percent of the vote. As State Treasurer, Governor Markell worked tirelessly to improve the lives of Delawareans through innovative programs aimed at cutting spending and improving fiscal responsibility.