Losing the gubernatorial race has not lessened state Senator Vincent Sheheen’s resolve to see that fundamental changes are made in state government. The Kershaw County Democrat has pre-filed a legislative agenda which he is calling his “Agenda for Change” to make state government more accountable and efficient. Sheheen proposes the creation of a Department of Administration which would be an agency in the governor’s cabinet. Certain offices and divisions of the Budget and Control Board would be transferred to the new agency.
Sheheen proposes that the governor would appoint the agency head with the advice and consent of the state Senate.
Sheheen says the time is right to have more extensive legislative oversight. Sheheen has pre-filed a measure that would give the standing committees of the General Assembly the duty to review and study the operations of state agencies within each committee’s jurisdiction.
Sheheen says this oversight will help to crack down on waste, fraud and abuse within state government. Sheheen says direct accountability should be tied to the executive branch.
Sheheen says more efficient government can be obtained with adoption of his measure calling for a system he calls “programmatic budgeting” which would call for a detailed description of each program administered by a state agency, with budget recommendations attached to each program.
Sheheen is also calling for the establishment of the position of Inspector General to directly address fraud, waste, abuse, and wrongdoing within the agencies of the governor’s cabinet.