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Increasing transparency, strengthening cooperation: Council adopts creation of Performance Management Action Team


Panel of Councilmembers, Executive to focus on connecting Performance Management strategies into County Budget process


As the Metropolitan King County Council prepares for its annual budget deliberations, Councilmembers today unanimously adopted legislation that will focus on integrating the county’s Performance Management and Accountability System into the county budget.

“Both the Executive and Council have worked hard to establish a more efficient County government. For countywide performance management and accountability efforts to succeed, we must connect operations and processes to our long-term goals, and we must continue to evaluate and improve our efforts,” said Councilmember Joe McDermott, chair of the Council’s Budget and Fiscal Management Committee and chair of the 2013 Budget Leadership Team.

“I am encouraged by the increased emphasis on the Lean processes that King County is implementing to improve productivity and provide better customer service,” said Councilmember Kathy Lambert, Budget Committee Vice Chair. “As we are among the first governments to implement Lean and private-sector best practices in county government operations, we expand a culture of assessment and improvement in our quality of services.”

“This team will further enhance the process of how we measure the progress we are making on the implementation of our strategic plan and how that progress will be reflected in future county budgets,” said Councilmember Jane Hague.

“This Council and this Executive have made a commitment to taxpayers to be more efficient and more responsive. The creation of the Performance Management Action Team enables us to follow through on that commitment,” said Councilmember Julia Patterson. “Our increased coordination will lead to more transparency and accountability throughout King County government.”

Councilmembers Lambert, Hague and Patterson will join McDermott on the Council’s 2013 Budget Leadership Team.

The Council created a countywide performance and accountability system to promote accountability within King County government in 2008. In 2010, the Council established a broad policy and management framework by adopting the King County Strategic Plan.

Implementing the Strategic Plan has involved testing concepts such as product-based budgeting, implementing Lean, Line of Business planning, Goal planning and more. While important, these tests have shown the Performance Management and Accountability System is not fully integrating with the County's budget process.

The legislation adopted today will create a Performance Management Action Team to make recommendations to the Council regarding connecting the Performance Management and Accountability System and County budget processes. The four member panel will consist of the following:

• Council Chair
• Budget Chair
• Committee of the Whole Chair
• King County Executive

The panel will be responsible for delivering its first recommendations to the County Council in the early spring of 2013.

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