February 20, 2008
QUESTIONS FOR DAS COMMISSIONER NOMINEE
By: Sandra Norman-Eady, Chief Attorney
COMMISSIONER OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES (CGS §§ 4A-1 AND 4A-2)
The commissioner is responsible for establishing personnel policy and performing administrative tasks for state employees; purchasing and providing supplies, materials and equipment for state agencies; publishing laws, stationery, and forms; and collecting funds due the state for public assistance.
Appointed by: Governor
Term: Three years
Term Ends: March 1, 2011
Confirmed by: Either chamber, as determined by the governor
Full or Part Time: Full time
1. What are the characteristics of a good leader?
3. The mission of DAS is to provide “policy leadership, strategies and services that help our customers get their jobs done Better, Cheaper, Quicker.” Do you believe the organization currently achieves these goals? Do you intend to make any changes to enhance or surpass the previous goals? Do you believe that DAS should maintain a customer centric structure and why?
4. What do you believe will be the major issues confronting DAS over the next several years?
5. Do you intend to make any structural and/or organizational changes to DAS? If so, why and what changes? If not, why not?
6. What recommendations, if any, do you have to improve DAS' procurement procedures?
7. As the state agency responsible for disposing of tangible surplus state property, what criteria does DAS use to determine that property is no longer of use to the state?
8. DAS' collection unit performs revenue-producing services for the state. Two of its functions include collecting money due in public assistance and child support cases. Do you have any ideas on how to improve these collections?
9. Under the state Minority & Small Contractors' Set-Aside Program, 25% of state funded purchases are set aside for small businesses. And 25% (6.25% of the total) of that amount is reserved for small minority- or women-owned businesses. Are the goals met annually? If not, what percentage of state contracts are awarded through the set-aside program? What efforts are made to assure that the state reaches these goals?
10. As commissioner one of your duties is to establish a four-year pilot program that creates and expands janitorial jobs for people with disabilities or certain other disadvantages. What is the status of the pilot program?
11. What have you and the department done to implement the state contracting law (PA 07-1) enacted during the September 2007 special session? Specifically, what is the status of the state procurement and project management education and training program?
12. By law, contractors must be prequalified by DAS or the Department of Transportation, as appropriate, before they can work on a state construction project. How many contractors are currently prequalified? What effect has prequalification had on the number of contractors seeking work with the state and the quality and timeliness of projects completed?
13. We passed legislation in 2007 modifying fuel efficiency requirements for the state fleet. What is the size of the state's fleet? What percentage of the cars and trucks use alternative fuel or are hybrid vehicles? What are the advantages and disadvantages of a fleet composed entirely of such vehicles?