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Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Container List

Records 1991-1992

RG 028:010, Commission to Effect Government Reorganization (Hull-Harper Commission), 1991-1992

Inventory of Records

Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.

Copyright © 2007 by the Connecticut State Library



Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Connecticut. Commission to Effect Government Reorganization
Title: Commission to Effect Government Reorganization records
Dates: 1991-1992
Quantity: 10.5 cubic feet
Abstract: The Commission studied ways to reorganize state government into fewer cabinet level agencies and emphasized implementation rather than investigation.
Identification: RG028_010
Accession: Multiple
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

After the state realized only about $30 million from implementing recommendations of the Thomas Commission, the General Assembly created what was originally called the "Thomas Commission II." This new Commission was to study ways to reorganize state government into fewer cabinet level agencies. The legislature wanted the new Commission to have its committee chairmen as members to "have advocates and not detractors" when the results came in. It would also emphasize implementation rather than investigation so that it would provide a plan instead of a recommendation. The result was The Commission to Reorganize State Government, chaired by retired Connecticut Supreme Court Justice T. Clark Hull and State Senator Joseph Harper. It had eight members consisting of legislators, gubernatorial appoints and a member of the Connecticut State Employees Association.

One of the more controversial suggestions the Commission considered was eliminating the Comptroller's Office. Other recommendations included streamlining the state human services system by reducing the existing eleven agencies into four: the Department of Developmental and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Public Health and Addictive Services, Department of Children and Families, and the Department of Social Services. It also recommended appointment of a Commissioner of Higher Education/Board of Governors to oversee the current Department of Higher Education and establish a new Constituents Coordinating Council to identify and implement administrative saving in the system. The University of Connecticut and all its departments would maintain its current structure. A newly formed Connecticut State University and College System would consolidate all existing state colleges out side of UConn into four universities (Western, Eastern, Southern and Central) and five regional college campuses to administer the community, technical and two-year programs. The remainder of the report focused on recommended changes to improve service and state oversight of service provider networks, substance abuse, information technology, job creation and training, state agency finance, budget and purchasing practices. The Commission also studied the feasibility of merging the Departments of Environmental Protection and Agriculture and recommended against it. Finally, the Commission encouraged greater regionalization of state-wide services to promote standardization, adoption of total quality management principals in all state organizations, performance measures for state services, and personnel and merit reforms to allow greater flexibility and responsiveness.

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Scope and Content

Includes meeting files for the full Commission as well as task forces, administrative files, and final report.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

These records are stored at an off-site facility and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

See the Rules and Procedures for Researchers Using Archival Records and Secured Collections policy.

Restrictions on Use

See the Reproduction and Publications of State Library Collections policy.

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Related Material

RG 028:001, Commission to Investigate the Advisability of Consolidating Certain State Boards and Commissions and to Investigate the Public Health Laws, 1915.

RG 028:002, Commission on the Reorganization of State Departments, 1935-1937.

RG 028:003, Commission to study the Integration of the State Judicial System, 1943-1945.

RG 028:004, Commission on State Government Organization, 1949-1950.

RG 028:005, Commission on Services and Expenditures (Etherington Commission), 1971.

RG 028:006, Committee on the Structure of State Government (Filer Committee), 1976-1977.

RG 028:007, Human Servuces Reorganization Commission, 1977-1979.

RG 028:008, Governor's Study Group on Limitation of Expenditures, 1978.

RG 028:009, Commission to Study the Management of Stage Governerment, 1989-1991.

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Index Terms

Persons:

Harper, Joseph
Hull, T. Clark

Organizations:

Connecticut. Commission to Effect Government Reorganization

Subjects:

Administrative agencies -- Connecticut
Connecticut -- Politics and government -- 1951-
Connecticut. Connecticut. Commission to Effect Government Reorganization -- Records and correspondence
Executive departments -- Connecticut
State governments -- Connecticut

Document Types:

Minutes
Reports

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Container List

Records, 1991-1992
Accession: 1992-081
Box
Full Commission meeting files
1991 September-1992 February 7 1
1992 February 18-March 16 2
Task force meeting files
Service Provider Network
1991 October 21-1992 January 6 3
1992 January 9-February 6 4
Human Services
1991 October 21-December 4 5
1992 January 9-February 6 6
Substance Abuse
1991 October 22-December 17 7
1992 January 7-16 8
Chief Information Officer
1991 October 25-December 6 9
1991 December 20-1992 January 17 10
SDE and Higher Education
1991 October 21-December 19 11
1992 January 9-23 12
Agency Budget and Finance
1991 October 23-December 4 13
1991 December 9-1992 February 18 14
Job Creation and Training
1991 October 23-November 21 15
1991 December 5-1992 January 2 16
Dept. of Environmental Protection / Agriculture
1991 November 15-25 17
1991 December 23-1992 January 22 18
Administrative files 19
Administrative file
Clippings file
Commission to Effect Government Reorganization biographies
Commission members addresses and phone numbers
Completed room reservation bulletin notices
Draft of final report, 3 folders
Final recommendations
Director's administrative files 20
Final report
Full Commission attendance sheet
Full Commission vote sheets
Full Commission vote sheet original
Letters sent with final report
Memos
Miscellaneous correspondence
Commission to Reorganize State Government legislative authorization
Peter Goldfarb
Possible elimination of agencies
Task force attendance sheets
Task force assignments
Task force members names and addresses
Transmittal letters to State legislature
Human Services
Job Creation
Service Provider
Substance Abuse
Vote sheets (Chief Information Officer task force)
Accession: 2001-037
Box
Meeting files, 1991 October 31-1992 April 7 1
Recommendation of task force on Education and Higher Education
Final report, 1992 March