Gov Malloy intends to reduce state agencies from 81 to 57

February 13, 2011 Areawide, Business No Comments
CT Gov. Dannel Malloy (at podium) announces his choice of commissioner for a newly created Department of Energy and Environmental Protection - the result of "fusing" the former Department of Environmental Control and the Department of Public Utilities. Courtesy photo

CT Gov. Dannel Malloy (at podium) announces his choice of commissioner - Daniel C. Esty (left) - for a newly created Department of Energy and Environmental Protection - the result of "fusing" the former Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Public Utilities Control. Courtesy photo

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today (Feb. 10) announced his intention to reduce the number of Connecticut’s budgeted state agencies by 30 percent – from 81 to 57.

“I’m asking the people of Connecticut to do more with less, and we in state government need to, as well,” he said.

Gov. Malloy said he reduced the governor’s office staff by 15 percent, “and I’m proposing to reduce the number of budgeted state agencies by 30 percent,” he said.

The idea is to combine agencies with overlapping goals, Gov. Malloy said.

“When putting together my budget, I had to ask – what sense does it make to split the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and the Department of Public Safety? Or why are the Offices of Workforce Competitiveness and the Commission on Culture and Tourism stand-alone agencies, apart from the Department of Economic and Community Development? And why are all of the government accountability functions – the Elections Enforcement Commission, the Freedom of Information Commission, the Judicial Review Council, the Contracting Standards Board, and the Office of State Ethics separate entities when so many of their issue areas and jurisdiction overlap? It just didn’t make sense.”

Earlier this week, Gov. Malloy announced the “fusing” of the Department of Public Utilities Control and the Department of Environmental Protection into what is now called the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), which he says will create “a more effective coordination of state energy and environmental policies.”

According to a statement from the governor’s office, there also will be two new bureaus. “Organizationally, the state’s energy policy will become centralized in the agency through the creation of two new bureaus: the Bureau of Energy Policy and Efficiency, responsible for the development and analysis of state energy policy, and the Bureau of Utilities Control, formed by transferring the Department of Public Utility Control.”

How this will affect funding for “fused” departments has not yet been explained.

“This is a large shake-up, and I know there will be a number of questions. In the coming weeks and months, I’m going to be talking to people all across the state about my plan for a more streamlined and efficient Connecticut state government. But make no mistake – I am serious about these proposals, and I am ready to work with the committees of cognizance in the legislature to make this happen,” Gov. Malloy said.

Gov. Malloy today also announced his choice of commissioner of this new hybrid DEEP agency, Yale professor Daniel C. Esty.

About Esty, he said, “His experience advising private companies and the President of the United States, coupled with his knowledge of environmental law and policy is second-to-none, and I know this new department will be on the cutting edge of environmental and energy policy with Dan at the helm.”

A former senior official at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Esty is the Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy at Yale University. He is also the Director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale.

According to a press release issued by the governor’s office, “Esty’s recent prize-winning book with Andrew Winston, Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage, argues that sustainability has become a critical element of corporate strategy.”

Esty holds a B.A. from Harvard, an M.A. from Oxford, and a law degree from Yale.

Posted Feb. 13, 2011

For a spreadsheet that outlines which agencies the governor intends to combine, as well as rename or create, click here and then look for the link at the end of the press release.

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