- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is asking the lieutenant governor to review the state Department of Human Services while a nonprofit is looking at ways to improve efficiency elsewhere in state government.

Hutchinson announced Thursday that Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin will look at DHS’s structure to identify any duplicative services and ways to achieve efficiencies. He says the review will be completed by March 1, when he expects to have a new DHS director in place. Hutchinson says he hopes to decide on a replacement for outgoing director John Selig by the end of January.

Hutchinson separately announced that the Arkansas Policy Foundation will review state agencies and issue recommendations by next summer on improving efficiency. The Republican governor says he’s asked agency directors to cooperate with the foundation’s review.

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