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Secretary's Memorandum 1076-002

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The purpose of this memorandum is to effect changes to the Departmental Management organization to increase efficiency, streamline process, and make better use of resources (economies of scale) within a transparent environment.

In October 2009, the Departmental Management organization was created.  Included in the creation of the organization was the establishment of the Management Services organization.  Management Services was created to provide the operational services including human resources, procurement, budget, and financial management to the various offices that comprise Departmental Management, as well as the Office of the Secretary, and staff offices. 

In January 2012, the Secretary initiated the Administrative Solutions Project (ASP) as a part of the Blueprint for Stronger Services.  The ASP is intended to strengthen the administrative services of the Department through process improvement while reducing operational timelines and overall costs.  In light of the ASP and recent declining budgets, new organizational constructs must be designed to streamline operations and decrease costs.  By aligning certain Management Services functions under Departmental policy officials with years of experience and expertise, we can improve service and decrease costs.

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