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McDonnell reveals government reform plans to cut $2 million

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Gov. Bob McDonnell revealed Tuesday government reform plans that are estimated to save $2 million a year for Virginia.

The initiatives would eliminate two state agencies, fold seven state agencies into others, eliminate 19 boards and commissions, move four offices and initiatives and deregulate three professions. The agencies slated to be eliminated are the Virginia National Defense Industrial Authority, which was established in 2005 to serve as a link between Virginia government and the U.S. military. McDonnell is also recommending eliminating Board of Towing and Recovery Operators, which sets standards for towing and recovery professionals. 

The plans come from recommendations of the Governor’s Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring.

The suggestions will come in the form of a resolution to be considered during the upcoming 2012 General Assembly.

In addition, McDonnell issued two executive directives to promote better cooperation among state agencies and create more streamlined commodities such as energy, water, waste and document management services.

“In this tough economy, when families are struggling to make ends meet and business owners are facing declining revenues and tough choices, we simply cannot afford a government that just grows bigger and bigger with each passing year,” McDonnell said in a statement. “We must strive for a smaller, smarter government that spends the limited taxpayer dollars of our hardworking citizens wisely and prudently.”

Below are McDonnell’s proposals:

Eliminate two agencies
•        Virginia National Defense Industrial Authority (VNDIA)
•        Board of Towing and Recovery Operators (BTRO)

Seven agencies merged into others
•        Department of Rehabilitative Services with the Virginia Department for the Aging (VDA) and the Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
•        Human Rights Council with the Office of the Attorney General
•        Department of Correctional Education (DCE) with the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and Department of Corrections (DOC)
•        Department of Employment Dispute Resolution with the Department of Human Resource Management
•        Virginia War Memorial into the Department of Veterans Services
•        Chippokes Plantation Farm Foundation into the Chippokes Plantation State Park

Eliminate 19 boards and commissions
•        Commonwealth Competition Council
•        Interagency Dispute Resolution Council
•        Virginia Public Buildings Board
•        Virginia Council on Human Resources
•        Advisory Council to the Southeastern Interstate Forest Fire Protection Compact
•        Small Business Advisory Board
•        Board of Surface Mining Review
•        Board of Mineral Mining Examiners
•        Virginia Public Broadcasting Board
•        Hemophilia Advisory Board
•        Sewage Handling and Disposal Appeal Review Board
•        Child Day Care Council
•        Boating Advisory Committee
•        Virginia Council On Indians
•        Litter Control and Recycling Advisory Board
•        Foundation for Virginia’s Natural Resources
•        Board for Correctional Education
•        Virginia Juvenile Enterprise Committee
•        Board on Transportation Safety

23 boards and commissions merged to form 11 boards or commissions
•        Reforestation of Timberlands Board into the Board of Forestry
•        Seed Potato Board and the Potato Board
•        Bright Flue-Cured Tobacco Board and the Dark-Fired Tobacco Board into a single Tobacco Board
•        Pesticide Control Board into the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services
•        Board for Opticians and the Board for Hearing Aid Specialists
•        Board for Geology with the Board for Professional Social Scientists and Wetlands Professions
•        Public Guardian and Conservator Advisory Board with the Commonwealth Council on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Commission
•        Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect with the Family and Children’s Trust Fund
•        Chippokes Plantation Farm Foundation Board of Trustees into the Board of Conservation and Recreation
•        Northern Virginia Transportation Commission and the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority
•        Virginia Scenic River Board into the Board of Conservation and Recreation

4 functions Moved
•        Office of Consumer Affairs into the Office of the Attorney General
•        Virginia Office of Environmental Education from the Department of Environmental Quality to the Department of Conservation and Recreation
•        Municipal Separate Storm Sewer (MS4) Permitting from the Department of Conservation and Recreation to the Department of Environmental Quality
•        Governor’s Office of Substance Abuse Prevention to the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

3 professions deregulated
•        Hair braiders
•        Mold inspectors and remediators
•        Interior designers

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