Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the composition of his Government Modernization and Efficiency Team (GMET), with no shortage of big names, which he established via Executive Order 03-17 on his first day in office. The GMET team includes Biotek's Adam Alpert, Obama Administration official Allyson Laackman and BED GM and Douglas Administration official Neale Lunderville.
The formation of GMET fulfills one of Scott’s campaign promises, and the team will lead efforts to make state government more efficient and effective for Vermonters. It’s been tasked by the governor to facilitate state agency and department efficiency audits, strengthen strategic information technology (IT) planning, develop a digital government strategy focused on Vermonters, and identify and advise on opportunities to increase operational efficiency.
“I want to thank each member of our GMET team, in advance, for the work they will be doing to bring state government into the 21st century and rethinking how we do things to improve outcomes for Vermonters,” said Gov. Scott. “We sought leaders across sectors to lend their expertise to making government more efficient and ultimately more sustainable for Vermont taxpayers. These efforts will support our goals of making Vermont more affordable, and strengthening the economy.”
From Left: Neale Lunderville, BED photo. Adam Alpert, VBM file photo. Allyson Laackman, Champlain College photo.
The team, which will be staffed by the Agency of Administration, is comprised of the following members:
- Sue Zeller, Chief Performance Officer, State of Vermont (Chair)
- Theresa Alberghini DiPalma, Vice President of Marketing, UVM Medical Center
- Adam Alpert, Owner, BioTek
- Tayt Brooks, Director of Affordability and Economic Initiatives, State of Vermont
- Allyson Laackman, former Chief of Staff for First Lady Michelle Obama and wife of Champlain College President Donald Laackman
- Neale Lunderville, General Manager, Burlington Electric Department
- Spencer Newman, President, Green Mountain Insight
- Kevin Pecor, Business Application Support Specialist, State of Vermont
- John Quinn, Chief Innovation Officer, State of Vermont
- Jim Reardon, Director of Finance, Burlington Electric Department
- Lauren Wobby, Chief Financial Officer, Norwich University
- Scott Woodward, independent information technology specialist
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The GMET team will formally report on its recommendations on a quarterly basis, but will also undertake specific projects, including finding cost savings in Medicaid, and increasing efficiency to reduce overhead costs for road and bridge projects.
Accompanying the formation of GMET, Gov. Scott also created the Program to Improve Vermont Outcomes Together (PIVOT), which will be tasked with implementing and tracking progress of the recommendations issued by GMET. Evaluation of state programs, processes and initiatives through PIVOT has already begun across state government. GMET and PIVOT aim to empower state employees with modernized IT systems and training, and implement a customer-focused culture across state government.
Source: Governor Scott. 2.27.2017