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BLOG: Restoring Pennsylvania’s Trust in Government That Works

first_img By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary See all of our Year in Review blog posts.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf BLOG: Restoring Pennsylvania’s Trust in Government That Works Government That Works,  The Blog,  Transparency,  Videos,  Year in Review In 2015, Governor Tom Wolf enacted several significant reforms to restore the public’s trust in government that works. Governor Wolf was elected on the promise of cleaning up Harrisburg with real reform, stronger ethical standards and greater transparency and openness.Governor Wolf also spearheaded significant innovation in state government – making it easier for citizens to interact with their government and hold state leaders accountable.In his inaugural address, the governor said his goal was to create a government that works – “one that is worthy of our trust.” Almost a year later, Governor Wolf has delivered more to improve transparency and ethics than others in Harrisburg have in decades.Watch Governor Wolf talk about Government That Works in 2015.Ethics ReformIn his first act after being inaugurated, Governor Wolf signed a gift ban, which banned anyone in the administration from accepting gifts. He then signed an executive order instituting a competitive process for the procurement of commonwealth legal services, which up-ended a decades-old practice of awarding contracts in secret.In the months following signing gift ban, the governor called on independent agencies to enact the same standards for their officers and employees. Following the Governor’s lead, agencies – who allocate and control billions in taxpayer dollars – did just that, including the Turnpike Commission, Liquor Control Board, Pennsylvania Utility Commission, and PennVEST, among others.TransparencyIn the past, members of the media and the public had to go to court to gain access to a Governor’s public schedule. Now, since the first month of his administration, Governor Wolf posts his schedule online each week and publishes a daily log of his public appearances for the next day. The public can also search all of the Governor’s public events since taking office.Governor Wolf has also revamped and redesigned his website to provide the public greater access to expense reports each month for members of his cabinet. The public can browse by month, agency, individual expense category, or by name.To further ensure public confidence in state government’s ability to root out waste and abuse, the Governor announced the first publishing of summaries detailing Office of Inspector General inspections. The summaries can be found here on the Office of Inspector General’s improved website.OpennessGovernor Wolf and the agencies under his direction have engaged in strategic initiatives to greater involve public participation, especially by under-served communities. Governor Wolf signed an executive order solidifying his administration’s commitment to improving diverse and small business participation in state government contracting. Executive Order 2015-11 directs a consistent and coordinated effort to ensure diversity and inclusion in all contracting opportunities for small and diverse businesses throughout agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction.In May, Governor Wolf announced the formation of a pipeline task force to help Commonwealth agencies, the natural gas industry, and communities and residents across the state collaborate more effectively.Efficiency & InnovationGovernor Wolf’s administration made efficiency and innovation a major priority, starting with the launch of Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Modernization and Efficiency (GO-TIME), which leverages inter-agency coordination and collaboration to maximize efficiency, modernize state government operations, and provide the highest quality services.Two major initiatives especially highlighted the Governor’s goal of making state services more convenient and effective for Pennsylvanians in the first year. Online Voter Registration, launched by the Department of State, enabled more than 61,000 Pennsylvanians to use an online tool to register to vote or update their information. PennDOT launched the state’s first online tracking tool for plows and other winter weather vehicles.center_img January 19, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Four Donegal places named among Ireland’s ‘most magical’

first_imgFEATURES: Four Donegal places have been named amongst a list of Ireland’s ‘most magical’ places to visit. Popular website, ‘Before You Die Ireland’ reviewed the 21 ‘most magical’ places to visit in the entire country.Donegal has consistently featured in the websites reviews of the best places to see, beaches to visit, pubs to drink and restaurants to eat in. The websites latest offering showcases what they describe as the ‘most magical’ places to visit, and no less than four Donegal places make the list.Below are the four places named among the most magical in Ireland:Glenevin Waterfall: The walk up Glenevein Valley to the Glenevin Waterfall in Clonmany, County Donegal, takes the rambler on a safe, well sign -posted route.Newly installed picnic areas blend easily into the natural landscape. Footbridges are dotted along the track as visitors criss cross the stream using the stepping stones. (Pic by Adam Rory Porter)Slieve League Cliffs:Ranked Number 1 attraction on tripadvisor for County Donegal. Climbing to this point on Slieve League Cliffs in County Donegal is a truly memorable experience.The views are fantastic! Highly recommended to add this place to the list of places to visit!Portsalon Beach: A very extensive sandy beach on the shores of Lough Swilly. It gently slopes towards the Atlantic ocean and is located in a Natural Heritage Area.The beach at Portsalon can be reached by travelling north east in the R246 from Carrowkeel to Portsalon.Glenveagh National Park:Glenveagh National Park is one of six national parks in Ireland. Situated in the Northwest of Co. Donegal, Glenveagh encompasses some 16,000 hectares in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains. Such a great wilderness is the haunt of many interesting plants and animals. These lands were managed as a private deer forest before becoming a national park in 1975.With the completion of public facilities Glenveagh National Park was officially opened to the public in 1986.Four Donegal places named among Ireland’s ‘most magical’ was last modified: September 22nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BeautyBefore you DiedonegalFeaturesMost Magicalnewslast_img read more