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Official says restructuring of Puerto Rico government bureaucracy on track

By on May 7, 2018

SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico Secretary of State Luis Rivera Marín announced that the initiative of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to revise executive branch regulations is on track.

Included in the fiscal plan submitted by the administration for fiscal oversight board certification, the project was first promulgated March 11 via Executive Order 2018-9, to eliminate bureaucracy and make changes to the government structure to achieve greater efficiency.

Rivera Marín explained in government release that by incorporating best practices of the federal and state governments, the initiative has been named the “Dale Tijera,” or Cut it, project, in reference to cutting excess regulations. He said the program relies heavily on the private and nonprofit sectors to make recommendations to the government about which rules or regulations affect their daily operations.

Gov Ricardo Rosselló, Secretary of State and interim Chief of Staff Luis Rivera Marín, andTreasury Secretary Raúl Maldonado (Juan J. Rodríguez/CB)

“Conscious of the size and complexity of the government structure, this proposal of the Governor seeks to eliminate everything that is a stumbling block in the processes that citizens carry out with the agencies. The most important thing here is that citizens themselves submit their recommendations of what regulations are an impediment to their progress through,” the Secretary of state said.

He added that an executive committee for the Dale Tijera project was formed with Treasury Secretary Raúl Maldonado; Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director José Marrero; Gerardo Portela, director of the Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority; and Rivera Marín, who chairs the committee. It must submit a report on May 12 containing the number of regulations, by agency, that have been repealed, consolidated or amended and those that may be placed in moratorium for review.

Maldonado said the program will incentivize economic development by lowering the cost of establishing a business on the island, “which will contribute to the injection of capital that our people so badly need.”

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