Things started off well enough. In July, the administration announced that it would ask the Board of Public Works to approve $3 million in cuts to the agency as part of a restructuring of its human resources staff. In a statement, DPSCS said the move would promote "unity of command, centralized direction and authority and uniformity of employee processes." As a department official later explained it, the agency's human resources structure was a vestige of a time when each prison operated independently, and as a result, processes and standards might be different in Jessup than in Cumberland. The current situation produced "duplication of services, overlap, communication problems, and disincentives to any economies of scale," the department said.