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Gov. Inslee honors 20 agency managers for good work

OlympianJune 4, 2014 

The yearly Governor’s Award for Leadership in Management  went to 20 state agency managers this year. Gov. Jay Inslee announced the awards and honored winners at a lunch at the Governor’s Mansion on Tuesday. 

A news release listing the winners of the nearly 30-year-old program is here. It quotes Inslee as saying: 

“These managers have set priorities and achieved results, managed risk and modeled leadership attributes. … They and their staff are responsible stewards of Washington residents’ resources as they serve capably and honorably every day.”

Several managers were cited for their work to streamline government actions, which helped save money, sped along government decisions or made things easier for the state's customers.

For example, the Affordable Care Act expanded eligibility for Medicaid, and many newly eligible people enrolled through the Washington Health Benefit Exchange web site. Manning Pellanda is the HCA manager who oversaw the move to online enrollments that replaced a 45-day enrollment process that used paper with 45-minute electronic one. The eligibility and enrollment system handles 1.5 million enrollees, according to Inslee’s office.

At the Department of Veterans Affairs, Mary Forbes was credited with working with Corrections to connect incarcerated veterans with health benefits, financial benefits or jobs when they are released to communities. 

Others included Michael Maverick who “helped implement a new fee structure for using state contracts, which has saved state agencies $920,000 annually,” according to the Governor’s Office.

Roosevelt Currie, a manager at the Department of Labor and Industries, created a program – the Backlog Reduction Settlement Project – that reduced a backlog of employer audit reconsideration cases. Many were older than 180 days, according to the Governor’s Office.

The rest of the winners are listed here

 

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