The Civil Service Working Group, formerly the Modernizing Civil Service Task Force, was established in 1999. The working group’s goal was to see if there were opportunities for Florida’s state government to improve the efficiency of the civil service system, increase the attractiveness of public service career opportunities, and thereby increase the productivity of state employees. Early objectives were to define a set of desirable changes to civil service to recommend to the Governor and to assist the Governor in implementing the recommendations.
Following a series of meetings with government employees and private sector human resource managers, attorneys, and consultants, the task force published its report, entitled Modernizing Florida’s Civil Service System — Moving from Protection to Performance
in November 2000. The Council of 100 also conducted a news conference in Tallahassee and briefed Governor Bush, Speaker of the House Tom Feeney, and President of the Senate John McKay on the proposals in late December 2000. Governor Bush incorporated many of the Council proposals in his “Service First” proposal, which became the basis of legislation that was signed into law May 14, 2001.
The task force transitioned to a working group in November 2001 and focused on assisting the Florida Department of Management Services in the implementation of the Service First initiative. The Council of 100 assembled a 14-company team to assist Secretary Henderson and her staff. The working group was helpful in getting the outsourcing initiative passed during the 2002 legislative session. Having met its objectives, the Council Board of Directors dissolved the working group in May 2002.