Fanslau commences visits to each county department to dialogue with staff on the Lean Government initiative   

Monticello – County Manager David P Fanslau will commence visits to each County Office on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 to have a dialogue with County staff on the Lean Government initiative that he announced last month.

 

“The visits will begin with the Division of Health and Family Services Wednesday afternoon, and will continue throughout the summer until all offices throughout the County have had an opportunity to discuss ideas on reforming Sullivan County’s systems and processes to reduce the cost of operating the Sullivan County Government,” said Fanslau.

 

The Lean Government initiative will focus on a value-stream mapping process, with a goal of eliminating systems and processes that provide either a neutral or negative impact to the County’s General Fund.

 

“Property taxes in New York State are driven by the unfunded and underfunded mandates imposed by the State Government.  While the State Legislature must seriously be tasked to eliminate those unfunded and underfunded mandates, Sullivan County will examine all options to reduce the cost of County Government,” added Fanslau.  “However, there also must be a clear understanding that the level of benefit for the mandated programs are set in Albany, and Albany must reel in those levels of benefits that are simply unaffordable to continue to provide,” Fanslau said.

 

“The value-stream mapping and Lean Government initiative will produce substantive measures that will be recommended, not only to reduce the cost of County Government, but to provide our workforce with the tools to be more efficient.  Any process that wastes the resources of the County workforce, must be eliminated, as those resources will be needed to provide the core services that the County Government is expected to provide,” concluded Fanslau.

 

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For more information, please contact David Fanslau, 845-807-0450

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