ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 22, 2007) – Governor Martin O'Malley formally accepted the O'Malley-Brown Transition Report from Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, who served as Chairman of the O'Malley-Brown Transition. The O'Malley-Brown Transition produced 21 individual reports focused on various state agencies or policy areas, including Budget and Management, Business and Economic Development, Public Safety and Corrections, the Department of Juvenile Services, and Transportation.
The O'Malley-Brown Transition Workgroups that developed the reports were co-chaired by a diverse group of Maryland's most accomplished citizens, and were comprised of more than 1,000 volunteers from every corner of the state.
“I am extremely proud of the O'Malley-Brown Transition Report and am grateful to the countless Marylanders who volunteered their time and energy to make our state government work again,” said Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown. “The Transition is now over, and I look forward to working with Governor O'Malley to make our state government more efficient and more accountable.”
Working over a brief period of time, the transition workgroups reviewed extensive briefing documents prepared by the previous administration, agency operating and capital budgets, recent Department of Legislative Services (DLS) audit reports and agency responses, and existing performance measurement infrastructures and reporting capabilities. The workgroups also conducted research into best practices and held hundreds of meetings and interviews with State government officials, issue advocates, and subject matter experts.
“This Transition Report will serve as the foundation for making our State government work again for the people of Maryland,” said Governor Martin O'Malley. “I want to thank everyone who contributed their time, energy and expertise to move our State forward, and I look forward to working with our Cabinet secretaries over the next 45 days to develop a plan to implement these recommendations.”
The final Transition Report, which is more than 1,000 pages long, contains hundreds of recommendations to improve Maryland's state government, including: cost avoidance/containment/savings, service expansions/improvements, organizational redesign, legislation and regulation.
Below please find a list of the individual transition reports and the co-chairs for each workgroup:
Hagner Mister, Former Secretary of Agriculture
Lucie Snodgrass, Deputy Campaign Manager, O'Malley-Brown Campaign
Bel Leong-Hong, President, and CEO of Knowledge Advantage Inc.
Joseph Haskins, Jr., Chairman & CEO, Harbor Bank
Bruce Lee, General Counsel, TissueGene, Inc.
Veronica Cool, VP, Wachovia Bank
Christian Johansson, President & CEO, Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore
Dr. Alvin Thornton, Former Chairman of the Maryland Commission on Education Finance, Equity, and Excellence
Patricia Foerster, Former President, MSTA
June Streckfus, Executive Director, Maryland Business Roundtable
John Griffin, Former Secretary, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Michael Smith, Attorney
Martin Knott, President of Knott Mechanical
Dr. Steven Sharfstein, President & CEO, Sheppard Pratt Health System
Ron Peterson, President, Johns Hopkins Health System
Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President, UMBC
Clifford Kendall, Chairman of the University System Board of Regents
Raymond Skinner, Former Secretary of Housing & Community Development
Gustavo Torres, Executive Director, CASA de Maryland, Inc.
Jon M. Laria, Partner, Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll
Doug Nelson, President, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Imelda Johnson, Former Secretary, Department of Human Resources
John Coale, Attorney
Eleanor Carey, Former President, Governor's Workforce Investment Board
Hasan Solomon, Legislative Representative, International Association of Machinists
Mayor Larry Giammo, City of Rockville
Tony Okolo, President, Voters Club
Shannon Avery, Assistant Attorney General
Frank Kratovil, State's Attorney, Queen Anne's County
Steve Meehan, Attorney
Sheila Sullivan, Office of the Public Defender
James Dinegar, President & CEO, Greater Washington Board of Trade
Don Fry, President, Greater Baltimore Committee
Anwar Hasan, VP, EA Engineering, Science and Technology
Paula Hollinger, Former State Senator
Joel David Myerberg, Chairperson Emeritus, Independent Living Foundation and Chairperson Emeritus, Maryland Disabilities Forum
Stephen Sfekas, Attorney
John T. Willis, Former Secretary of State
Wilbert B. Forbes, Sr., National DAV Executive Board Member and Past Commander of the DAV Department of Maryland
Richard E. Shatzer, former Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs
Wayne Rogers, President Synergics, Inc.
Veronica Cool, VP, Wachovia Bank
Wayne Frazier, President, MWMCA
February 22, 2007