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Accountability remains a key focus

 

Accountability, along with visibility and transparency, should be a basic demand placed on state government by the citizens of Florida. Funding decisions ought to be based on performance, delineated with clear and unmistakable goals. Currently, there is no true accountability for the expenditures of tax dollars nor is there any useful explanation as to the service that is being provided or what the state should expect to accomplish with that money. Therefore, a limited number of state agencies were selected to lead the way to a fully accountable budget.

 

 
"We can restore the American dream and build a brighter future for Floridians by not wasting taxpayers' money."
- Governor Rick Scott

  • Agencies selected to be piloted for Fiscal Year 2012-13:

    • Department of Revenue
    • Office of Financial Regulation within the Department of Financial Services
    • Florida Department of Law Enforcement
  • Changes to the General Appropriations Act: 

    • Roll-up traditional appropriation categories to Program and Service levels to eliminate most of the traditional appropriation categories but provide greater spending flexibility
    • Provide a simple, yet succinct, explanation of the Service that is being provided
    • Tie each Service to one or more outcome measures focused on specific outcomes that will directly relate to the agency's services and address how effectively and efficiently the agency is performing the service
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  • Proposed Legislation: 

    • Consistency - require each pilot agency to link to its Long-Range Program Plan that is mandated in Chapter 216, Florida Statutes, and require reports to the Executive Office of the Governor and the Legislature to explain any variances. This will challenge agencies to achieve future expected performance levels and construct a good balance of short-term and long-term objectives
    • Tracking - require the Executive Office of the Governor to develop a database for tracking performance measures and require each pilot agency to submit data to the Executive Office of the Governor on a quarterly basis
    • Reporting - require the Executive Office of the Governor to provide a format to the pilot agencies to submit quarterly performance reports - "score cards" containing a performance overview and "traffic-light" like rating mechanism - Red, Yellow, Green
    • Analyzing/Improving - require each pilot agency to hold regular meetings with leadership to review the "score cards" and discuss progress, identify areas of concerns and submit a plan of action to the Executive Office of the Governor and the Legislature with strategies to improve performance 
    • Accountability - require each pilot agency to be accountable by applying incentives and disincentives 

      Some examples would be:
      • Increase management and employee salaries or provide bonuses for achievers
      • Decrease managerial salaries for non achievers
      • Require an improvement plan of action for non achievers
      • Carry forward budget in lieu of reversion
    • Publication - Require that the score cards are made available to the public on the Governor's and agency websites



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INTRODUCTIONSTEP 1
ACCOUNTABILITY BUDGETING
STEP 2
REDUCE GOVERNMENT SPENDING
STEP 3
REGULATORY REFORM
STEP 4
FOCUS ON JOB GROWTH AND RETENTION
STEP 5
WORLD CLASS EDUCATION
STEP 6
REDUCE TAXES
STEP 7
PHASE OUT FLORIDA'S CORPORATE INCOME TAX
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