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Performance report gives Tennessee B-minus

Performance report gives Tennessee B-minus

By: AP

NASHVILLE (AP) — A national organization that grades state governments has given Tennessee a B-minus, citing poor work force planning as one of its weaknesses.
The Pew Center on the States launched its fourth 50-state report card this month. It says Tennessee has made gains in several management areas and has a strong organizational structure in place for good management.
But the report says the state’s personnel process “still operates on an antiquated register system that agency managers find painful to use.”
“The state still requires managers to hire from among the top five applicants who indicate interest in the position, leaving little incentive for human resources professionals to invest in recruiting strategies,” the report said.
In the case of finances, the report said Tennessee manages its money responsibly and uses a long-term perspective when making budget decisions.
The report cited the state’s fiscal note process, saying it has “been in place for many years and works well.”
“An independent fiscal review committee projects the long-term budgetary impact of proposed legislation, and newly enacted legislation is required to contain at least a year’s funding before it can become law,” the report said.
On the Net: http://www.pewcenteronthestates.org/states—card.aspx?abrvTN
Published in The Messenger 3.4.08

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