January 14, 2011
QUESTIONS FOR SECRETARY OF THE OFFICE OF POLICY AND MANAGEMENT (OPM) NOMINEE
By: Terrance Adams, Legislative Analyst II
SECRETARY OF THE OFFICE OF POLICY AND MANAGEMENT (CGS § 4-65A)
The secretary is responsible for (1) all aspects of state staff planning and analysis for budgeting, management, energy policy, intergovernmental policy, criminal and juvenile justice, and program evaluation; (2) maintaining financial records, examining agencies to determine their effectiveness, and recommending ways to improve state agencies; and (3) serving as the employer representative in collective bargaining between the state and most state employee unions.
1. How has your previous experience prepared you for this position?
2. What are the most important objectives you hope to accomplish as secretary?
3. The Office of Fiscal Analysis recently projected a total deficit of $7.25 billion for the FY 12-13 biennium. What steps will you recommend for closing this deficit?
4. In their annual report, the Auditors of Public Accounts recommended limiting the circumstances for waiving competitive bidding requirements for personal service agreements. What are your thoughts on this recommendation?
5. The governor signed an executive order requiring the state to begin implementing generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) in its accounting and budgeting. How will this order affect the governor's FY 12-13 biennial budget? How long do you think it will take the state to fully implement GAAP?
6. In previous years, revenue from the sale of surplus state property has not met budgeted projections. Do you have any recommendations concerning the process for selling surplus state property? If so, what are they?
7. What are your thoughts on consolidating state agencies? Do you have any specific consolidations in mind at this time?
8. The governor's transition team reported that Connecticut State Government's 1:6 manager-to-employee ratio is twice the national average of other state governments. Do you think Connecticut's ratio is too high? If so, what steps will you recommend to reduce the ratio?
9. The transition team recommended overhauling the state's education funding. Do you agree with this recommendation? If so, what changes for education funding will you recommend?
10. What is your opinion of the state's debt level? How does the administration plan to evaluate bonding proposals? What are your bonding priorities for the next two years?
11. Connecticut has been criticized for missing opportunities to receive federal funding. Do you agree with this criticism? If so, what role can OPM play in maximizing Connecticut's receipt of federal funding?