Tallahassee - MGT of America, a nationally recognized management consulting firm, concluded its 60-day exhaustive assessment of the operations of the Florida Department of Corrections with a summary and report released today by the Department.
"They found what I expected them to find and have shored up my resolution to restore support for essential institutional operations and program service delivery," said DOC Secretary James McDonough.
"The department was centralized too completely, too fast," he added. "The move to privatization did bear fruit, but I believe it went too far."
MGT emphasized that past policies dismantled fundamental management and support systems. The report identified three major problem areas:
Facilities and budgets exceeding $100 million with no fiscal staff to manage budgets and assure compliance with Department policies;
Institutions employing thousands of officers that have no personnel staff whatsoever to provide basic human resource management and assistance, and;
Repeated instances of shortages of vital supplies, equipment and materials atrributable to absence of local purchasing staff.
MGT said that no other state correctional system attempted to centralize administrative services in the manner implemented in Florida in recent years.
However, in the summary, MGT Principal Ken McGinnis stated, "We were consistently impressed with the effort put forth by Department staff in attempting to 'get the job done' in spite of systemic inefficiencies and lack of support."