Gov. John Carney signed Executive Order Four on Feb. 16, establishing the Government Efficiency and Accountability Review Board to identify, on an ongoing basis, opportunities for cost savings in state government.

The board, which will begin meeting in the next month, will develop recommendations for increasing efficiency and effectiveness across state government. Its members will explore ways to improve the strategic financial planning process and expand the use of metrics in determining how to allocate state resources.

The board’s recommendations will be intended to consistently improve the way the state delivers services, and to improve the quality of those services.

“We need a serious, permanent effort to identify cost savings and efficiencies in state government, and that’s what we’ll get with the GEAR Board” Carney said. “We must do things differently than we’ve always done them and find smarter ways to operate more effectively and protect taxpayer dollars. Delawareans expect us to responsibly manage their money, and we’re committed to doing just that.”

Each year by Dec. 1, the board will submit a report to the governor, including recommendations that may be included in the recommended state budget. Recommendations may include ways that state government agencies can share services, and new methods for improving the recruitment, development and retention of state employees.

By May 1, the director of the Office of Management and Budget and the secretary of finance will produce a report for the governor, including recommendations for the General Assembly’s Joint Finance Committee to review as its members finalize the fiscal year 2018 state budget.

Annual reports of the board will be made public.