StateStat gets an ear in Senate

The Baltimore Sun

Gov. Martin O'Malley found a receptive, if tiny, audience on Capitol Hill yesterday for his presentation on Maryland's State Stat system.

Sen. Thomas R. Carper of Delaware was the only member of the Government Efficiency subcommittee on hand for the governor's appearance. Carper praised his fellow Democrat and the system for measuring government performance that O'Malley said could be applied to the federal government or "any large human organization."

O'Malley said CitiStat, which he implemented as mayor of Baltimore, helped reduce violent crime and the exposure of children to dangerous levels of lead, improved response to pothole complaints and identified more than 5,900 vacant properties for redevelopment. He said StateStat, launched after his inauguration as governor last year, has improved law enforcement and the criminal justice system, while BayStat is helping monitor the health of the Chesapeake.

"You may notice that virtually anything that you measure, you can slap a 'Stat' on the end of it, and you have a way of seeing if what you're doing is making any impact on the problem you're trying to solve," O'Malley said.

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