Government administrators aim to go lean at Ohio conference

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s successful efforts to streamline government operations are being highlighted at a national conference in Columbus.

The National Association of State Chief Administrators is showcasing Lean/Six Sigma programs from Ohio and the state of Washington at the Friday event. At least 35 states have studied one of the two states for tips on trimming unnecessary red tape and inefficiency. About 15 states are expected at the conference.

The Ohio Department of Administrative Services says Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) emphasized a “fix it fast, get it right” approach to trimming government when he entered office in 2011. He later established the LeanOhio initiative.

Under Kasich’s predecessor, Democrat Ted Strickland, Ohio was among cash-strapped states that used the Japanese kaizen (ky-ZEHN) approach to try to reduce government bulk and operating costs.