ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WBOC/AP)- Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has formed a new office to find ways of making state agencies more efficient.
Hogan announced the Governor's Office of Performance Improvement on Friday. He has named Luis A. Luna, a former assistant administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to be its director.
The governor said the office will use performance metrics to determine how efficiently and effectively state agencies deliver their services. Hogan said the office will create clear metrics, collect data and conduct analysis on agency performance to make state government as productive, accountable and transparent as possible.
“Every single agency in Maryland government must be focused on delivering outstanding service to the people of the state, while keeping a close eye on how every single taxpayer dollar gets spent,” Hogan said. “Duplication of services, waste of taxpayer dollars, and never-ending bureaucracy are what people so often resent in government agencies."
The office will make recommendations on how agencies can make improvements over time.
Luna, a Salisbury resident, also has worked as deputy administrator of the U.S. Agriculture Department. He also has been vice president of corporate communications for Perdue Farms, executive director of the Greater Salisbury Committee, a nonprofit that finds solutions for regional challenges on the Delmarva Peninsula, as well as CEO of Lower Shore Enterprises, which provides employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.