HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Budget Secretary
Michael J. Masch today announced that Sharon Daboin will join the Office of
the Budget as deputy secretary for performance improvement.
Daboin, currently PennDOT's deputy secretary for aviation and rail
freight, will manage the administration's ongoing program to measure and
improve the performance of state agencies that report to the Governor,
"Throughout his years of public service, Governor Rendell has
consistently been committed to making government more effective and more
efficient," Masch said. "He believes that government must work constantly
to improve performance and do more with less. State government provides
critical services that protect the vulnerable, educate the next generation,
maintain our quality of life, and build the infrastructure that supports
economic development. It is critical that these services be provided as
effectively and efficiently as possible."
Every state agency is required in its annual budget submission to
identify its most critical performance measures and set performance goals
for each measure. The budget office, the Governor's policy office, and the
Governor's office of management and productivity then work with each agency
to ensure that these goals are met or surpassed.
"Deputy Secretary Daboin's mandate will be to strengthen the budget
office's efforts to establish, measure and exceed the performance goals set
for each state agency. She will lead the Governor's charge to make our
state government more effective and more accountable to the public," Masch
Masch said the Rendell administration's performance improvement program
will take an important step forward this December with the publication of
the first annual Governor's Performance Report. The report will describe
the services that key commonwealth agencies delivered to the citizens of
Pennsylvania in 2006-07.
"I am delighted that Sharon will lead our effort to launch the
Governor's Performance Report," Masch said. "Sharon brings an extensive
background in state and federal government to this position, and she has
the knowledge and expertise to help commonwealth agencies become even more
responsive to the needs of their constituents by establishing clear
performance goals, consistently measuring our success, and devising ways to
improve our performance while controlling and reducing the cost of
delivering public services."
"The job of government is to serve the public," Daboin said. "To
fulfill our obligations to the people of Pennsylvania, we need to be sure
that we reach the goals we set, and then push for even higher standards of
achievement. I appreciate Governor Rendell's confidence in my ability to
lead this important work."
At PennDOT, Daboin oversaw the administration of financial assistance
grants and technical assistance, which totaled more than $60 million
annually, to 134 public-use aviation facilities and 67 regional and
shortline railroad operators. Her areas of oversight included airport
improvement projects, planning assistance, licensing and inspection,
aviation awareness initiatives, maintenance and construction of railroad
track projects, and rail inspection.
During her tenure at PennDOT, Daboin administered a rail freight
development grant program that doubled over the past five years from $14.5
million to more than $31 million annually. With this expansion, PennDOT
helped the rail freight industry in Pennsylvania become more stable and
more competitive, with fewer slow orders, increased reliability and
improved safety. This, in turn, led to an increase in the number of
Pennsylvania businesses shipping by rail, stimulated job creation and
retention, and reduced the number of trucks on state highways.
Under Daboin's leadership the Bureau of Aviation inaugurated the "I Fly
PA" campaign to reduce passenger diversion to out-of-state airports and
stimulate job growth and increased economic activity at Pennsylvania's 15
scheduled service airports. The IflyPA.com web site provides information on
all of Pennsylvania's 15 scheduled service airports; links to all airlines
serving each facility; and enables prospective passengers to calculate and
compare the cost of starting air travel at a local Pennsylvania commercial
airport with competing out-of-state airports. IflyPA.com has had more than
130,000 visitors since its inception in November 2005.
During her tenure PennDOT also established a low-interest loan program
for rail and aviation development projects, making Pennsylvania the only
state offering this type of program for all transportation modes.
Daboin came to PennDOT from the Federal Aviation Administration, where
she served as manager of the Harrisburg district office for the
administration's eastern region airports division. Daboin has 28 years of
federal government experience in the U.S. Air Force and the FAA. She earned
her Bachelor of Arts in organizational management at Eastern University in
St. Davids, Pennsylvania.
CONTACT: Susan Hooper
SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Budget