04/09/2009 - Through a partnership with the Pew Center on the States, West Virginia is working to save money and improve government operations.
The Pew Center on the States, a division of the Pew Charitable Trusts, focuses on “innovative policy approaches to complex problems for states.”
Diane Holley, communication director of the West Virginia Department of Administration, explained that each year the center’s Government Performance Project evaluates the management of state governments through its Grading the States report. Pew’s new Management Labs are an effort to work with states to strengthen areas like finance, personnel, human resources and technology, she said.
Any state was eligible to apply for the yearlong program, and West Virginia submitted a very detailed application explaining its interest, goals and commitment. West Virginia was very pleased to be one of three states — along with Georgia and Ohio — chosen to parter with the center, Holley said.
“We’re very excited to work with the Pew Center,” Holley said. “We’re certain that we’re going to gain quite a bit from this project.”
To read the rest of, "Pew Center Helps State Save Money, Operate Efficiently," see the Times West Virginian.