Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bush Will Hire 'Efficiency Czar' to Watch over State Spending

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bush Will Hire 'Efficiency Czar' to Watch over State Spending

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TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Jeb Bush campaigned on a promise of cutting government spending and eliminating waste. Now he's hiring someone to do just that -- a state "efficiency czar."

A director of efficiency and enterprise development is expected to be hired by the end of the week, said Justin Sayfie, a policy adviser to Bush. The position pays $95,000 a year.

The efficiency czar is "responsible for the identification of cost-saving efficiencies" using "economies of scale, better use of technology and outsourcing of government sources," according to the job description.

The appointment comes in conjunction with Bush's mandate to slash the government work force by a quarter, which has been criticized by the state government workers union.

"If they cut 25 percent, what you'll lose is creativity, what you'll lose is the ability of the state to go out and do the job it's supposed to do because everyone will be looking over their shoulder saying 'I have to make somebody higher up happy,' " said Mark Neimeiser, the union's political director.

Paul Hawkes, now House Speaker Tom Feeney's chief of policy, was the first director of enterprise, the position being expanded to create the new efficiency czar. …

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