Baker Launches Prince George's 'CountyStat'

3/26/2012, 7:14 p.m.

Program Signals 'New Era of Openness, Accountability'

Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker has launched an initiative that delivers results based on analyis, accountability and innovation.

Prince George's CountyStat program is an adaptation of "stat" programs from other jurisdictions, including New York City, the State of Washington, and Gov. Martin O'Malley's pioneering work in Baltimore City and the State of Maryland.

Additionally, with the launch of the CountyStat website, residents, stakeholders, and the media can now view analyzed data and findings at http://princegeorgescountymd.gov/countystat.

"CountyStat signals a new era of openness and accountability in Prince George's" said Baker. "By monitoring performance, promoting innovation, and sharing our findings with the public, CountyStat will ensure my administration is making measurable progress toward improving the efficiency of the Prince George's County government."

The program, which is strong on transpareny, also serves as an important governing forum for Baker and his top managers.

"CountyStat's job is to make sure our government is operating as effectively as possible," said Baker. "It is a tool that will enable us to identify problems and implement strategies to improve our processes and operations."

With the exception of sensitive matters such as public safety and personnel, CountyStat sessions are open to the public to observe in person.

"CountyStat is not just a tool for me as county executive, but a tool for the people of Prince George's County to monitor their government and see how effective we are," Baker said.