Topeka—Governor Jeff Colyer issues Executive Order requiring agencies in the executive branch to evaluate and measure key government performance metrics.

Full text of the order is below:

EXECUTIVE ORDER 18-07

Evaluating and Measuring Government Performance

WHEREAS, Section 2 of the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the State of Kansas provides that “[a]ll political power is inherent in the people;” and

WHEREAS, the Constitution of the State of Kansas, Article 1, Section 3, provides that the “supreme executive power of this state shall be vested in a governor;” and

WHEREAS, the Constitution of the State of Kansas, Article 1, Section 4, provides for “officers of the executive department” who may be required to report to the Governor regarding “any subject relating to their respective duties;” and

WHEREAS, the public interest in well managed, efficient, and accountable government operations can be enhanced by the use of performance metrics summarized in “dashboards” that provide citizens with the information needed to evaluate their public officials, as well as providing managers with the data necessary to enhance government operations; and

WHEREAS, the use of these performance metrics and dashboards will further promote transparency regarding the goals and performance of state governmental units.

NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Kansas, I hereby order as follows:

1. Within sixty (60) days of the date of this order, each Cabinet department within the Executive Branch shall develop performance metrics that measure the most critical functions of the department.

2. Within ninety (90) days of the date of this order, each Cabinet department within the Executive Branch shall develop a dashboard that reports the performance metrics required by paragraph 1 in a simple, direct, and easily readable format. The dashboard shall be updated quarterly, or more often as information becomes available.

3. Within one hundred twenty (120) days of the date of this order, the state shall create a website where the dashboard information required by paragraph 2 shall be made publicly available. The dashboard information shall be presented in a readily accessible format, and shall be regularly updated with the most current information.

This document shall be filed with the Secretary of State as Executive Order No. 18-07 and shall become effective immediately.