Gov. Larry Hogan erased a vestige of the O'Malley administration Friday as he merged the office known as StateStat into a new unit aimed at improving performance and customer service in state government.
Hogan issued an executive order creating the Governor's Office of Performance Improvement, calling it an "important step" in his administration's effort to reduce waste and bureaucracy. Spokesman Matthew A. Clark said it would take over the functions of StateStat, with an expanded mission of improving the management of state agencies.
The governor named Luis A. Luna, an executive with Perdue Farms in Salisbury, to head the office. Clark said the new office will be smaller than the one it replaces, with a budget of $312,000 and four positions. He said StateStat had a $650,000 budget and employed nine.
StateStat was a proud creation of Gov. Martin O'Malley, who based it on the CitiStat program he instituted as mayor of Baltimore to measure agency performance by tracking data.
Clark said the change wasn't a matter of removing traces of the O'Malley administration.
"GOPI has an expanded scope. It just makes sense for its name to reflect what it's going to do," he said.