The Department of Corrections is guided by The Agency Strategic Plan (ASP), required by Section 186.021, F.S. This five-year plan, updated annually, addresses major issues of critical concern to the citizens of Florida. The two critical issues described in the ASP, public safety and programs contributing to recidivism reduction are primary areas of correctional operations that capture the attention of citizens and legislators. There are other areas in the administration of corrections that impact directly on the department's ability to meet the goals and objectives declared in the agency ASP. The Strategic Management Plan consists of these critical management issues. They include acquisition of supplemental resources to fund programs, increasing productivity, developing effective partnerships, improving internal and external communications, and using innovative technology efficiently.