PA Office of the Budget Names Deputy Secretary for Performance Improvement
Former PennDOT Official Will Head Ongoing Effort to Enhance Performance
of Commonwealth Agencies
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 said. 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 (717) 265-8067
SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Budget
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