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Hogan Appoints Robert R. Neall as Senior Advisor

May 10th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

Governor Larry Hogan today announced the appointment of former Anne Arundel County Executive and State Senator Robert R. Neall as a senior advisor to the governor and director of the newly formed Office of Transformation and Renewal. Mr. Neall’s appointment will formally take effect on July 1, 2016, until which time he will provide counsel to the administration on a voluntary basis.

As head of the Office of Transformation and Renewal and as a member of Governor Hogan’s senior staff, Mr. Neall will lead a multi-year effort to optimize government departments and agencies within the executive branch. Working closely with members of the Cabinet as well as the legislature, Mr. Neall’s primary focus will be on three areas: efficiency improvements, greater accountability and performance benchmarks, and improved customer services throughout Maryland state government.

Starting in January 2015, the Hogan administration has initiated measures to drive improvements within state agencies, including the creation of the State Regulatory Reform Commission, the formation of the Commission on Procurement Reform, the formation of the Governor’s Office of Performance Improvement, new customer service training programs in large departments, and the consolidation of certain IT and back-office functions in smaller state agencies. Mr. Neall’s work will draw on the outstanding progress already underway in multiple agencies.

In the 40 years since the last major re-organization of the executive branch, Maryland’s government has sprawled to include 23 executive branch departments, eight coordinating offices, 70 independent agencies, and over 550 boards and commissions.

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