When we last visited this promise, Gov. Scott Walker had issued an executive order on the matter. We checked up on the follow through and found cabinet secretaries have held numerous brown bag sessions with employees in the last year.
From memos provided by the state Department of Administration, we learned all kinds of fun stuff about the meetings. The sessions weren't just about rooting out fraud, as advertised. Workers also had ideas about running a smoother ship.
And the boss even sprang for lunch at some of them.
"Secretary (Stephanie) Klett personally purchased pizza on two occasions: during the holiday season and following a busy stretch of work in the spring,” a Department of Tourism memo said. "Other times, staff brought their own lunches.”
Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp and her top aides heard a bunch of efficiency ideas, including streamlining state waterway permitting procedures, wetland regulations, air permits for minor sources, small local road projects and public noticing provisions.
Workers at the agency suggested "reducing fleet rates, lease and rental costs, and personal mileage reimbursement.”
Some of the ideas were about doing more, not less.
"The DNR is increasing its over-the counter customer service presence by over 40 percent, focused primarily in the northern half of the state where citizens have less options and poorer internet access. Completed Feb. 2012.”
Revenue Secretary Richard Chandler held bimonthly "Chats with Chandler” and was told that:
- Better computer keyboards could help workers type faster.
- White noise in a meeting room could boost privacy.
- More nameplates at the front reception desk at one office could help customer service.
You get the idea.
Walker ordered his top managers to talk to the rank and file about better government and these gatherings have happened.
We"re moving this one to Promise Kept.