Governor Gina Raimondo has signed an executive order meant to foster efficiency and innovation through a so-called lean government initiative. The governor says this will make state government more responsive to the people it serves.
The governor’s office calls lean initiatives a proven tool used by manufacturers to eliminate waste, reduce expenses, and encourage efficiency.
Raimondo says lean practices are meant to promote a workplace culture of continuous improvement. In the governor’s words, Rhode Islanders deserve a government that moves at the speed of business.
Raimondo’s executive order calls for state employees to undergo initial lean training and for all executive departments to complete efficiency reviews. The governor’s proposed budget includes $100,000 to support the lean initiative.