|In order to create jobs and promote economic growth state government must operate with business-like efficiency. Becoming more efficient and continuously improving government will both improve services and control its cost to taxpayers.
In keeping with this philosophy, Governor Walker signed Executive Order #66. This order requires state agencies to implement a lean government initiative. This initiative must engage staff and agency leaders in order to eliminate waste, save time and cost, and improve government services to the benefit of both state residents and employers and annually report their progress to the Governor at the beginning of each year.
What is Lean? Lean is a continuous improvement philosophy. Customers, employees, suppliers, managers, and executives work together in events commonly called value stream mapping, designed to improve operational efficiencies and maximize financial savings. By mapping the status quo, everyone works in cooperation to identify and eliminate the non-value added processes. The result of Lean is increased efficiencies in services for the customers of state government and a safer, more streamlined workplace for employees.
Wisconsin government should always be looking for ways to improve operations and services. Lean initiatives provide a framework for continuous improvement. These processes save taxpayer money, improve workplace safety, and allow government to better serve the public.
The Wisconsin Lean Government Program Annual Report – Fiscal Year 2015