PA Office of the Budget Names Deputy Secretary for Performance Improvement

Former PennDOT Official Will Head Ongoing Effort to Enhance Performance

of Commonwealth Agencies

Oct 01, 2007, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania Office of the Budget

    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,
 Masch said.
     "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 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. 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
                  (717) 265-8067

SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Budget