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ADEQ first agency to take a systems approach to governmental efficiency
Recently, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality announced that the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) visited ADEQ to get a first-hand look at how ADEQ is successfully implementing the Arizona Management System (AMS). ECOS included representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the states of MA, CO, NE, OH, DE, WY, VA, NH, AL, NM, OK and tribal representatives.
Over the last few years, ADEQ has also conducted tours and trainings for the City of Goodyear, Maricopa County Flood Control District, Pima County Wastewater Reclamation Department, more than a dozen Arizona agencies, US EPA's Lean Action Board, PEW Charitable Trust and the states of MO, KS, RI, AR and UT. These highly requested tours give attendees a better understanding of the management system and creates an eagerness to learn, understand and implement the principles of AMS.
"Seeing the AMS process first hand, the regular stand up meetings centered around visual data charts that help the agency make progress towards its goal of becoming the No. 1 state in the nation, delivering balanced, leading-edge, environmental protection was inspiring," said Beth Graves, Senior Project Manager, ECOS.
"Because every state agency has a vital mission, it's our responsibility as state employees to continuously improve mission outcomes for citizens and improve our service for customers," said ADEQ Director Misael Cabrera. "I am glad that we were one of the first agencies to pilot the AMS. Although we still have much to improve, I am proud that we are executing on Governor Ducey's commitment to 'government at the speed of business'," added Cabrera.
ADEQ's achievements with AMS and the myDEQ portal are in alignment with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey's goal for the state to have safe communities, a strong, innovative economy and an efficient, effective and accountable government.