Instructional videos an excellent example of leadership

June 12, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

It would not be a stretch to say that under the direction of Secretary of State John Merrill, the once sleepy office is now a bustling hub of information, innovation, and efficiency.

Beginning this month, State law will require all office holders, principal campaign committees, and political action committees that file with the Probate Judge’s Office, other than candidates for municipal office, to file campaign disclosure reports electronically with the Secretary of State.
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The incomparable cost of gross incompetence

December 5, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Chanting the much-ballyhooed mantra of “streamlining government, transparency and efficiency,” the administration of Governor Robert Bentley and the Republican-controlled State House have green-lighted, perhaps, hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on failed software systems.

Last Monday, Bentley’s cabinet secretary for the Office of Information Technology (OIT), Dr. Joanne Hale, informed an oversight committee that the CARES software system is still inoperable after nearly four years and $60 million in squandered taxpayers’ money.
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Bentley, Canary, Riley Plan to Control Education’s Future

July 5, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—In June, Rep. Terri Collins (R-Decatur) emailed members of the State Board of Education to encourage them to keep interim Superintendent Philip Cleveland, “a few more months to work on efficiency and effectiveness of the department and the programs.” But what Collins calls “efficiency and effectiveness of the department and the programs,” is part of a larger, darker plan to wrestle control of public education away from the State’s elected Board.
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More of the Same Reform?

August 25, 2015

 

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY— During the 2015 Legislative Session, the State Legislature created the Joint Committee on Alabama Public Pensions with the expressed purpose of reforming the State Pension plan. 

Republicans have repeatedly expressed a desire to overhaul the Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA), in an effort to control cost.

Ideas like reform, transparency, efficiency, and ending corruption in Montgomery, have been among the most often intoned catch-phases of the Republican supermajority. 
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Bentley Appoints Brunson White as Secretary of Information Technology

April 16, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley swore in Brunson White, as the new Alabama Secretary of Information Technology.

Gov. Robert Bentley said in a written statement, “Brunson will be given a tremendous responsibility to streamline the state’s information technology and help us improve efficiency across state government,” Governor Bentley said.  “His experience makes him ideal for this position.  He’s been responsible for major information technology projects.  He’s a proven leader in project management.  He will be able to take the skills that made him successful in business and apply them to improving efficiency in state agencies.  Brunson will help us organize I.T. to make it more efficient, to save taxpayer dollars and to make it more secure.”
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Obama Orders Private Industry to Adopt New Efficiency Standards

September 4, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The United States economy continues to move farther away from its free market roots and more towards a command economy run out of Washington. Again circumventing an increasingly less relevant U.S. Congress, President Obama signed an Executive Order Thursday ordering American manufacturers to increase the energy efficiency of their facilities.

President Obama said, “Today, we are taking another step to strengthen American manufacturing by boosting energy efficiency for businesses across the nation. This action will cut costs, increase efficiency, and help our businesses create strong, middle class jobs.  We’ll continue to do everything we can to put more people back to work and build an economy that lasts.”
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