Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Rumman leaves CMS

Is this significant? How so?

Did Rumman promote efficiency?

State Journal-Register (May Massingale):
The director of the Illinois Department of Central Management Services is leaving that post after two years to return to the private sector.

During his tenure, Michael Rumman turned CMS into one of the state's most powerful agencies by consolidating several functions at a savings he tallies at $600 million. However, Rumman also oversaw an abandoned attempt to move toward a self-insured group health insurance system for state workers that brought legislative and apparent federal scrutiny to the bidding process.
The Tribune article (John Chase) lists some specific criticisms:
Since taking over at Central Management Services in the days after Blagojevich was sworn in, Rumman has made changes and had several proposals become the focus of controversy. Perhaps best known was his plan to mortgage the state's showcase James R. Thompson Center in the Loop, a deal shot down as illegal by Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan hours before the papers were to be signed.

Rumman also was criticized for pushing an insurance plan for state workers without a legislative panel's approval, allowing contractors to begin work before contracts with the state were signed and, most recently, making an unprecedented request for upfront cash from vendors bidding on a multimillion-dollar office-supply contract.

Auditor General William Holland last year lashed out at Rumman's Central Management Services for allowing Mesirow Stein Development Services Inc., a politically connected company, to begin work on a $25 million contract reviewing state assets before the agreement was signed, raising questions about how the money was being spent.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

rumman did a giid job at cms. he brought change and efficiency to an agency that ran best when it didnt rock the boat. he came in and found that state spending money in ways that would make any business fire its cfo. he straightened the ship and hired a lot of smart business minded people to take the helm as he moves back to the priuvate sector. good luck rumman.

10:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like guv already getting rid of appointees who might cause him embarrassment during the 06 campaign/election. Perhaps we bloggers should go with the flow and help him find other appointees he might/should replace.

3:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The man has had a heck of a lot of obstacles and responsibilities for his $120K/yr. and he has done a tremendous job. His biggest mistakes have been to have ignored the politics and legalities of some of his actions. In the regular business world, his actions would not have been questioned, however, in the govt. and political world they were. Some would question his family name being of Jordanian ancestory and his having hired young men of Palestinian family backgrounds only to promote them to 'officer' positions within months... what.. nobody knew this before?.. hmmmmm... what else might pop out of the closet? Searches on Google for "Rumman" and "El Shair" turns up lots of interesting things. Muslim background entering into the picture here?... never know til you check things out.

8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rumman's orthodox, so no need for speculation.

4:13 PM  

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