ROMNEY ADMINISTRATION RECEIVES TOP AWARD FOR BETTER GOVERNMENT
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Department State House Boston, MA 02133 (617) 725-4000
MITT ROMNEY GOVERNOR
KERRY HEALEY LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 23, 2005
CONTACT: Julie Teer Laura Nicoll (617) 725-4025
ROMNEY ADMINISTRATION RECEIVES TOP AWARD FOR BETTER GOVERNMENT Chief Human Resources Officer awarded for vision and innovative practices
The Romney Administration's Chief Human Resources Officer, Ruth Bramson, received top honors at the 14th annual 2005 Better Government Competition sponsored by the Pioneer Institute, a non-partisan think tank.
"This honor highlights the types of reforms and efficiencies we have put in place at the state level to professionalize human resources practices," said Governor Mitt Romney. "By creating a work environment that rewards job performance and attracts talented employees, Ruth has been instrumental in helping to change the culture on Beacon Hill."
The Pioneer Institute's Better Government Competition rewards innovative ideas that improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of government services, attracting submissions from around the country.
"The quality and quantity of entries to the competition this year were, simply, fantastic. Over 200 superb entries came from all over the country," said Shawni M. Littlehale, director of the Better Government Competition. "Given the quality of the entries, it's a good sign that – for the first time in the history of the competition – all but one of the winning ideas are from Massachusetts. Clearly, inroads are being made into streamlining government in the Commonwealth."
The Pioneer Institute selected "Shared Services: Streamlining Massachusetts Government Human Resources," Bramson's strategic plan for improving human resource service delivery through a model which encourages agencies to partner with each other to reduce costs and eliminate redundancies.
Bramson introduced state-of-the-art practices to reduce the cost of managing the executive branch workforce and make merit the prime factor in hiring and promotions. Bramson spearheaded the first "pay-for-performance" system in state history that provides incentives to motivate and reward the best performers.
Bramson also headed initiatives to improve state government training by creating an "e-learning" curriculum and reducing a backlog of 22,000 unpaid bills related to workers compensation.
"This award recognizes the success of the Shared Services initiative which fundamentally alters how the workforce operates and ultimately is creating a better, more effective work environment for those who serve the people of the Commonwealth," said Bramson. "I am honored to receive this award and share it with the dedicated team of human resources professionals who provide service to our employees every day."
Bramson was named the Commonwealth's first Chief Human Resources
Officer in 2003, bringing 25 years of human resource experience to the public sector from the private sector. She was hired after Governor Romney abolished the old office of the Chief Secretary, which was responsible for putting patronage hires in place throughout state government.