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Perdue orders a more open administration

Posted January 12, 2009

— North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue got right to work Monday, keeping her promise to make state government more accountable to the voters.

She announced she would participate in a least four town hall meetings to be televised statewide during her term, and she encouraged state residents to submit suggestions and feedback via an online form.

She signed five change orders, all targeting transparency and integrity in government processes.

In one of her first acts, Perdue changed the way road projects are planned and approved.

The new governor signed an executive order requiring a new "professional" approval process for construction projects be implemented within 60 days. Her order requires that  members of the N.C. Board of Transportation sign statements disclosing potential conflicts of interest and refrain from acting on projects where a conflict is present.

"We're shaking up the way North Carolina does business," Perdue said. She has asked that every state document and contract be made available on the Web.

She acknowledged the task she faces in trying to force more openness. "The challenge for me is not to shake it up today and them put these change orders in my desk."

Other executive orders signed Monday:

  • Set up a task force to study ways to fund statewide campaigns differently and to counter the public perception of negativity and mistrust in running for governor
  • Outlined how state departments should plan, manage and report on their functions, especially budgeting and strategic planning
  • Ordered that the Office of State Budget and Management provide "a single, searchable Web site on state spending for grants and contracts"
  • Established the North Carolina Budget Report and Advisory Commission to find efficiencies and monitor effectiveness of state spending and programs.

Monday morning, she met with her staff for the first time. In the afternoon, she scheduled time to see her Cabinet sworn into office.

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  • tsquaring Jan 12, 2009

    Would have been nice to have a more "open" debate during the election.

  • CrewMax Jan 12, 2009

    Four Town Meetings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Be still, my beating heart. That's
    like, uh, ONE per YEAR. I hope she can make it. Sounds pretty
    aggressive, if you ask me!

  • BULLDOZER Jan 12, 2009

    Great, more task force(s), oversight committees and mandates. Now who is going to oversee all of that?? Huh?

  • superman Jan 12, 2009

    Free Community College -- it is already dirt cheap-- it couldnt be cheaper. Free community college, free medical, free dental, free housing, free cars-- everything should be free. You need to remember there are no free rides-- we all pay when things are free. We going to have the same old stuff for the next four years, she already put the same old people back into office. If you expected something new or different-- should have voted for the other party. At least we would have a new bunch of crooks in office.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jan 12, 2009

    Funny, she didn't want to debate but now she wants town hall meetings????

    She is the governor and can have her town hall me. Stop fault-finding and support her. Can you do that with your mouth closed?

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jan 12, 2009

    CONFRATULATIONS GIRL - YOU DESERVED IT. MAYBE YOU CAN DO A BETTER JOB THAN ANY MAN THAT HAS HELD THAT GOVERNOR'S POSITION. A SALUTE TO ALL WOMEN! A REAL WOMAN GOING TO SHOW A MAN HOW TO BE A HONORABLE GOVERNOR.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jan 12, 2009

    REALLY know anything?

    Well lets just say she knows more than you and the former governor and will be great for NC citizens. Stop critizing her and support her. You are just fault-finding. Go outside and play ball. :)

  • bs101fly Jan 12, 2009

    does this woman, the woman who isn't sure what her name is, REALLY know anything?
    I know she likes to tell us she "understands fundamentals", but I have NO idea what she means and I doubt seriously she does either!
    Should be a boring 4 years!

  • ohmygosh Jan 12, 2009

    Hmmm, you mean the government under Easly wasn't transparent? Where was she all those years? I guess keeping quiet about it all-- that is abetting it.

  • ncweddingdj.com Jan 12, 2009

    Begin by having someone in your administration who is familiar with the laws and statutes of our State, as they exist. The State Personnel Act is quite clear and well written, well respected in the entire country, in Federal agencies that reivew it, etc. Follow it. Stop firing State employees for stupid, illegal, illogical reasons with no precedent in this law. If you will simply do that, follow extant law, you will stop enjooying the ultimate HR nightmare---having to reinstate a wrongly fired employee. Appoint some smart helpers who can read. It isn't tax code.

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