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Cabinet Meeting Focuses on Hiring, Finance and Vehicle Policy

Nov. 20, 2007 — The governor opened the third cabinet meeting of the year Monday with a focus on issues, including the status of revamping the hiring process, the current level of service being provided by the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) financial-management system, enforcement of the vehicle policy enacted in July and the Budget Office's effort towards performance-based budgeting.
Gov. John deJongh Jr. and Lt. Gov. Gregory R. Francis Monday convened the meeting at Government House on St. Thomas, according to a Government House news release.
Personnel Director Kenneth Hermon Jr. explained how the hiring process has been significantly streamlined.
"Beginning with the governor removing himself from signing off on each and every NOPA (notice of personnel action) for employees in the classified service, we have greatly reduced the processing time to about 46 calendar days, he said. "And when weekends and holidays are excluded, that period of time is even less."
Months ago deJongh approved a revised process for hiring employees in the classified service and at the same time, set standards for managing the system.
"The NOPA process has been a nightmare for each of our employees and, based on the governor's directive, we can now get a better handle on the flow of documents and ensure that those employees hired into government service are on the payroll in a timely manner," Hermon said.
Finance Commissioner Claudette Anderson-Watson said her department is currently reviewing data from all government departments to facilitate an overall chart of accounts cleanup as part of the ongoing conversion from the old financial-management system to the new ERP. Waston-Anderson also said Monday that plans to bring the human resources and payroll modules online on the financial system have been delayed until the early part of 2008 as Finance works with off-island consultants to fine tune the system.
Police Commissioner James McCall reported no gross violations of a vehicle policy instituted in July which severely limits the after-hours use of government vehicles. Property and Procurement Commissioner Lynn Millin said her department is pursuing an analysis to determine if the government's expenditure on gasoline for its vehicle fleet and overall gasoline consumption has been reduced since the Government House-driven policy took effect about four months ago.
OMB Director Debra Gottlieb provided the overview on the continued push toward implementation of a performance-based budget. The necessary training will be provided as the effort towards such a spending plan continues, Gottlieb said.
Francis underscored the need for the executive branch to be driven by a desire for exemplary customer service: "We set the tone and perception in the minds of everyone we interact with as government workers."
He urged all agency and department heads to offer constant reminders to government workers of the need for a customer-friendly work environment "for everyone we serve."
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Nov. 20, 2007 -- The governor opened the third cabinet meeting of the year Monday with a focus on issues, including the status of revamping the hiring process, the current level of service being provided by the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) financial-management system, enforcement of the vehicle policy enacted in July and the Budget Office's effort towards performance-based budgeting.
Gov. John deJongh Jr. and Lt. Gov. Gregory R. Francis Monday convened the meeting at Government House on St. Thomas, according to a Government House news release.
Personnel Director Kenneth Hermon Jr. explained how the hiring process has been significantly streamlined.
"Beginning with the governor removing himself from signing off on each and every NOPA (notice of personnel action) for employees in the classified service, we have greatly reduced the processing time to about 46 calendar days, he said. "And when weekends and holidays are excluded, that period of time is even less."
Months ago deJongh approved a revised process for hiring employees in the classified service and at the same time, set standards for managing the system.
"The NOPA process has been a nightmare for each of our employees and, based on the governor's directive, we can now get a better handle on the flow of documents and ensure that those employees hired into government service are on the payroll in a timely manner," Hermon said.
Finance Commissioner Claudette Anderson-Watson said her department is currently reviewing data from all government departments to facilitate an overall chart of accounts cleanup as part of the ongoing conversion from the old financial-management system to the new ERP. Waston-Anderson also said Monday that plans to bring the human resources and payroll modules online on the financial system have been delayed until the early part of 2008 as Finance works with off-island consultants to fine tune the system.
Police Commissioner James McCall reported no gross violations of a vehicle policy instituted in July which severely limits the after-hours use of government vehicles. Property and Procurement Commissioner Lynn Millin said her department is pursuing an analysis to determine if the government's expenditure on gasoline for its vehicle fleet and overall gasoline consumption has been reduced since the Government House-driven policy took effect about four months ago.
OMB Director Debra Gottlieb provided the overview on the continued push toward implementation of a performance-based budget. The necessary training will be provided as the effort towards such a spending plan continues, Gottlieb said.
Francis underscored the need for the executive branch to be driven by a desire for exemplary customer service: "We set the tone and perception in the minds of everyone we interact with as government workers."
He urged all agency and department heads to offer constant reminders to government workers of the need for a customer-friendly work environment "for everyone we serve."
Back Talk Share your reaction to this news with other Source readers. Please include headline, your name and city and state/country or island where you reside.