Executive Order

Executive Order  No. 120: Governor's Management Task Force

Date: 09/29/1975
Issuer: Michael S. Dukakis

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WHEREAS, the ever-increasing costs of services undertaken by state government have become of deep concern to the people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and

WHEREAS, it is vital to the economic health and prosperity of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that the executive department of state government be operated on a sound, efficient and economical basis and that the people of this Commonwealth be assured that their tax dollars are spent wisely and not wasted; and

WHEREAS, many private citizens, including leaders of business and industry in this Commonwealth, have volunteered their financial assistance and services to perform a detailed management survey of the administration of services provided by the Commonwealth in an effort to improve the productivity and efficiency of state government operations.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, MICHAEL S. DUKAKIS, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the statutes of this Commonwealth, do hereby ORDER AND DIRECT:

1. Commencing on or about September 29, 1975 there shall be a management review and analysis of the secretariats, offices, departments, boards, commissions, councils and other agencies of the Commonwealth under my jurisdiction and of the functions of state government to ascertain the means by which and the manner in which the services and operations of the executive branch of state government may be provided to and for its citizens in the most efficient, expeditious, and economical manner possible.

2. Said review and analysis shall be undertaken by a non-governmental, nonprofit corporation established under the provisions of Chapter 180 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth known as The Governor's Management Task Force, utilizing the services of such private citizens, including persons from Massachusetts academic institutions, businesses, professions and industries, as it deems necessary and appropriate to carry out its functions.

3. (a) The Task Force is authorized to call upon any secretariat, office, department, board, commission, council or other agency of the executive branch of state government under my jurisdiction and any officer, member or employee thereof, to supply such statistical data, program reports, and other information and materials as the Task Force deems necessary or appropriate to perform its work.

(b) Each secretariat, office, department, board, commission, council or other agency of the Commonwealth under my jurisdiction and each officer, member or employee thereof is authorized and directed to cooperate with the Task Force in connection with such review and analysis and in connection with effecting implementation of such recommendations as may be developed, and, in general, in connection with the efforts of the Task Force to improve the management effectiveness of state operations, and to furnish it such information and assistance as the Task Force may find necessary or appropriate.

4. The Task Force shall render to the Governor and the Secretary of Administration and Finance such interim reports as they may deem appropriate or may request; and, upon the completion of its review and analysis work, the Task Force shall render such public report of its findings and recommendations as it deems appropriate. Implementation and other reports shall be made from time to time as deemed appropriate by the Task Force.

5. In addition, requests for volunteer managerial expertise assistance on a project-by-project basis may be directed to the Task Force, with notice to the Secretary of Administration and Finance, by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and each Secretary and the Director of the Office of State Planning, It is also understood that the Task Force may entertain similar requests from other constitutional officers and the General Court.

6. This Order shall take effect immediately and shall continue in force until amended or revoked.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston this 29th day of September in the year of our Lord One Thousand Nine Hundred and Seventy-Five, and of the independence of the United States of America the Two Hundredth.

Michael S. Dukakis


Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Paul Guzzi

Secretary of State

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