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Executive Order No. 2 (2010) - Revised June 3, 2010

Establishing the Governor’s Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring

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Importance of the Issue

The Commonwealth of Virginia, like the rest of the nation, faces unprecedented budgetary challenges and increasing demands for core public services.  Citizens and businesses residing in Virginia are entitled to a limited and effective state government.  Revenues collected from Virginia taxpayers must be spent in the most efficient manner possible.  It is incumbent on those charged with providing government services to protect the public from harm and theft, educate our citizenry, foster economic opportunity, provide necessary infrastructure, preserve fundamental rights and perform other essential functions in a manner that avoids duplication, delay and unnecessary regulation and bureaucracy.  To ensure that the Commonwealth of Virginia provides the aforementioned core services utilizing the most cost effective methods available, it is necessary to conduct a comprehensive, systematic and ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness and need for the state's existing agencies, governing bodies, programs, and services.  This comprehensive review will make certain that duplicative, outdated, unnecessary and ineffective services and service delivery methods are eliminated and that state revenues are dedicated to the core functions of government.

Governor’s Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring

Accordingly, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor under Article V of the Constitution of Virginia and under the laws of the Commonwealth, including but not limited to Section 2.2-134 of the Code of Virginia, and subject always to my continuing and ultimate authority and responsibility to act in such matters, I hereby establish the Governor's Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring ("Commission").

The Commission will conduct a thorough review of Virginia state government:

  • Identify opportunities for creating efficiencies in state government, including streamlining, consolidating, or eliminating redundant and unnecessary agency services, governing bodies, regulations and programs;
  • Explore innovative ways to deliver state services at the lowest cost and best value to Virginia taxpayers;
  • Seek out means to more effectively and efficiently perform core state functions, including potential privatization of government operations where appropriate, and restore focus on core mission oriented service; and
  • Examine ways for state government to be more transparent, user friendly and accountable to the citizens of the Commonwealth.

The Commission will consist of up to 20 citizen members appointed by the Governor and serving at his pleasure.  The Governor shall designate a Chairman and a Vice-Chairman from among the citizen members.  Three members of the Virginia House of Delegates and two members of the Virginia Senate shall also be invited to be members.  The Governor may appoint other members to the Commission as necessary.  The Secretaries of Administration and Finance, and the Vice-Chair of the Council on Virginia's Future, shall serve as ex officio, non-voting members of the Commission.

The Commission will submit reports to me of its findings and recommendations no later than August 28, 2010.  The Commission shall submit a final report of its activities and recommendations by December 1, 2010.  I direct all executive branch agencies and institutions to cooperate fully with the work of the Commission.

Staff support as is necessary for the conduct of the Commission's work during the term of its existence shall he furnished by the Office of the Governor, the Offices of the Governor's Cabinet Secretaries, the Department of Planning and Budget, and such other executive agencies as the Governor may designate.  An estimated 2,000 hours of staff time will be required to support the commission on an annual basis.  Such funding as is necessary for the term of the Commission's existence shall be provided from sources, including both private and appropriated funds, contributed or appropriated for purposes related to the work of the Commission, as authorized by Section 2.2-135(13) of the Code of Virginia.  Direct expenditures for the Commission's work are estimated to be $15,000 annually, exclusive of staff support.

Effective Date of the Executive Order

This Executive Order shall become effective upon its signing and shall remain in full force and effect until January 16, 2011, unless amended or rescinded by further executive order.

Given under my hand and under the Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia this 16th day of' January, 2010.


/s/ Robert F. McDonnell, Governor


/s/ Secretary of the Commonwealth

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