- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed an executive order she says will improve government efficiency and cut waste.

The Democrat says the “Lean Government Initiative” signed Thursday will foster innovation across state government and promote a culture of continuous improvement.

The initiative will empower state employees to focus on procedural improvement and problem solving, which in turn will benefit the people of Rhode Island.

The initiative is based on a proven tool used by manufacturers to eliminate waste, get rid of unnecessary steps, reduce wait and processing times, and realize greater efficiency as well as cost reductions.

This executive order announces the governor’s intent for all executive branch departments to complete lean process reviews and initial lean training for state employees.

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