Gov. John Carney released the first annual report of the Government Efficiency and Accountability Review Board on Dec. 6.

Carney established GEAR by executive order in February to identify ways for state government to operate more efficiently, improve the delivery of state services and save costs over the long term.

Members of the GEAR Board presented Carney with a series of recommendations across a number of focus areas, including criminal justice, education, financial services, health and social services, human resources, information technology and public-private partnerships.

“Since taking office in January, I have talked to Delawareans about our commitment to operating state government more efficiently, and identifying cost savings so we can direct resources where they are most needed,” Carney said. “We remain committed to improving the way we deliver state services and spending taxpayer dollars responsibly. That’s what Delawareans expect. Thank you to members of GEAR for their important work on this report.”

By Dec. 1 of each year, the board must submit a report to the Governor, including recommendations that may be included in the recommended state budget. Carney will present his fiscal 2019 budget proposal Jan. 25, 2018, in Dover.

GEAR recommendations are focused around ways that state-funded agencies can share services and improve the recruitment, development and retention of state employees.

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