Perdue orders a more open administration
North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue got right to work Monday on accountability, announcingd she would participate in a least four town hall meetings to be televised statewide during her term and encouraging residents to submit suggestions and feedback online.
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.
"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.