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CFO Sink Reforms Government by Streamlining Middle Management

2/16/2010

CONTACT: Kyra Jennings or Kevin Cate, 850-413-2842
 
Sink’s reform will create greater efficiencies, save state nearly $300 million
 
TALLAHASSEE— Florida CFO Alex Sink today announced new reforms to streamline middle management in her agency, creating greater efficiency and saving $8 to $10 million a year.  At a press conference announcing her changes, CFO Sink called on other agencies in state government to adopt her reforms, which could save the state as much as $277 million.
“Government efficiency doesn't have to be an oxymoron -- not if you take a businesslike approach to managing our state,” said CFO Sink. “Too often in government, the rule seems to be ‘bigger is better’, but in business, I learned that smarter is better.  By streamlining middle management we can make government more efficient, more effective and save millions of taxpayer dollars.”
 
CFO Sink announced that as agency managers resign or retire, the positions will be eliminated, and the structure will be reengineered using existing staff to cut unnecessary layers in government.  The achievement of a 7:1 employee to manager ratio will put the Department in line with best business practices and save an estimated $8 to $10 million annually and as much as nearly $300 million if adopted throughout state government.
With the current budget shortfall facing the state, CFO Sink emphasized the need for a smart, businesslike approach to waste cutting.  By streamlining management jobs, funding for essential services for the citizens of Florida and frontline positions will be protected.
 
“Streamlining middle management will save millions of dollars, make government more effective, and protect our teachers, police officers, and employees who are on the frontlines serving the people of Florida,” CFO Sink continued.  “This smart, common-sense streamlining would allow the state to save almost $300 million, and at a time when Florida is stretched thin it’s something that should be done statewide.”
 
CFO Sink has been an outspoken watchdog on behalf of Florida’s taxpayers.  Because of common-sense cost saving and efficiency measures taken by CFO Sink, her Department of Financial Services saved over $5 million in 2009 alone.   Other waste cutting measures include consolidating the Department’s 11 consumer call centers into 2 call centers, renegotiating existing contracts, and cutting Department wireless costs by 37 percent.  At www.GetLeanFlorida.com, citizens can offer tips on how to cut government waste and inefficiencies.  For more information on CFO Sink’s common-sense waste cutting, visit www.MyFloridaCFO.com.
 
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As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, CFO Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services.  A successful business leader with nearly three decades of experience in the private sector, Sink is serving her first term as Florida's CFO.  CFO Sink's priorities include using her business experience to cut wasteful spending, holding government accountable to Florida’s taxpayers, and cracking down on financial and insurance fraud.