Since taking office in 2015, Governor Asa Hutchinson has continued to identify a number of efficiencies and cost-saving measures to streamline state operations and put money back into the pocket of hard-working Arkansans.
In December of 2016, Governor Hutchinson appointed Amy Fecher as Chief Transformation Officer within the Governor’s Office to drive the implementation of these initiatives. In February of 2017, the Governor created the Transformation Advisory Board and asked 15 people in public service and private industry to serve on the board voluntarily to assist the chief transformation officer in evaluating proposals and making recommendations to the Governor on savings opportunities.
On October 3, 2018, Governor Hutchinson announced his Transformation plan to reorganize the number of cabinet-level agencies from 42 to 15.
On April 11, 2019, Governor Hutchinson signed the Transformation and Efficiencies Act of 2019 into law. This legislation took effect on July 1, 2019 and formed the Department of Transformation and Shared Services. Our transformation efforts are ongoing. In the first nine months of transformation, Departments have reported more than $26,750,000 in savings while still operating on existing budgets.