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Review of the Impact of the Creation of the Department of Management Services , Report No. 94-30, February 1995

  • DMS met the statutory requirement to cut its personnel expenditures by 5% in fiscal year 1993-94 compared to its 1992-93 spending. DMS decreased its personnel expenditures by 10% during the fiscal year, about double the mandated reduction. DMS also met the spending reduction requirement for the first quarter of fiscal year 1994-95, when its personnel expenditures (when annualized) were 21.5% lower than its fiscal year 1991-92 spending, exceeding the mandated 10% reduction.
  • The merger and accompanying personnel expenditure reduction requirement had both positive and negative impacts on DMS. The spending and staff cuts forced DMS to seek ways to streamline work processes and experiment with privatization. DMS also delegated several purchasing functions to state agencies, which provided more flexibility in procurement actions. State agency administrative services managers generally reported that they were satisfied with DMS's current services. However, the merger also had some disruptive effects on DMS, due to the time staff spent completing tasks needed to combine two agencies. Staff morale was affected due to organizational changes and concerns about job security, and DMS postponed some program improvements. In some cases, DMS's delegation of responsibilities may increase overall state costs because agencies may spend more to perform decentralized activities than DMS formerly spent to perform the services in a centralized manner.

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 96-11 Follow-up Report on the Impact of the Creation of the DMS, published in September 1996.

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