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Baltimore City budget director wins national service award

Baltimore budget director Andrew Kleine wins top public service award.

Baltimore's budget director received a national service award for helping to steer the city through an economic crisis following the Great Recession, the Rawlings-Blake administration announced Friday.

Andrew Kleine will receive the award from the American Society for Public Administration at its annual conference Monday in Seattle. The award recognizes government officials who take risks to improve public services and provide substantial savings to taxpayers.

City Finance Director Henry Raymond nominated Kleine for his work using the economic downturn to improve the city's fiscal standing.

"Andrew should also be recognized as an innovator who has improved results for citizens by establishing citywide goals, aligning dollars with those goals, and making services work better through business process review, smart investments, and management research," Raymond wrote in his nomination letter.

Kleine has held the position since 2008. He previously worked at the U.S. Department of Transportation, the White House's Office of Management and Budget and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

In Baltimore, he has implemented outcome-based budgeting, which officials say helped the city prioritize spending during the recession. Kleine also has developed the city's first 10-year financial plan, hosted workshops and created online tools to help the public explore city spending.

Rawlings-Blake called him an "innovative leader."

Kleine is the first city budget director to receive the award. Over the past 33 years, recipients include former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, former White House Office of Management and Budget Director Alice Rivlin, and former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala.

Also honored with this year's National Public Service Award is Air Force Capt. Joseph Stenger, who has worked for the past five years to improve the lives of Afghan widows and orphans.

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