Governor-Elect Rick Scott Turns to Reformer Edwin G. Buss to Run Florida’s Department of Corrections

By: Scott Transition Team Press Release
By: Scott Transition Team Press Release

Tallahassee, FL - Living up to his outsider image and keeping in line with his plan to reduce wasteful spending, Governor-elect Rick Scott turned to a fellow Tallahassee outsider with a long and successful track record of improving agency operations while simultaneously lowering the burden placed on taxpayers to run the state’s prison system.

Gov.-elect Scott, who appointed Indiana Department of Correction Commissioner Edwin G. Buss to head the Florida Department of Corrections, said Florida was fortunate to land such an experienced reformer who was being coveted nationwide.

“I am grateful that Ed Buss is coming to Tallahassee to help me change the way the Department of Corrections does business here in Florida,” said Scott. “I know he is ready to get-to-work to ensure our prisons operate most efficiently and cost-effectively.”

Scott specifically highlighted Buss’s impressive credentials, which include drastically reducing wasteful spending across his state agency, negotiating the nation’s lowest medical per diem rate, and leveraging public/private partnerships to deliver heightened services at a fraction of the cost.

Scott also noted that Buss, who served as a key member of Governor Mitch Daniels’ cabinet, has proven his ability to successfully analyze an organization’s critical requirements, identify deficiencies and potential opportunities to develop innovative and cost-effective solutions to enhance government’s services.

Scott noted that under Buss’s leadership, Indiana found a way to house 40 percent more inmates without additional construction and at a dramatically lower cost per inmate.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels also congratulated Governor-elect Rick Scott for his selection of Ed Buss to run Florida’s prison system.

“Given the transformation and pro-taxpayer improvements of the last few years, it was inevitable that other states would come after top talent like Ed Buss. He was actively pursued by several new governors. Congratulations to Governor-elect Scott for winning the sweepstakes," said Governor Daniels.

About Edwin G. Buss:

Buss brings to Florida nearly twenty-four years of hands-on experience in corrections, emergency response, public safety, supervision and budgeting. As Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Corrections and a key member of Governor Mitch Daniels’ cabinet, Buss was responsible for over 7,500 employees, 26,000 inmates, 10,000 parolees throughout the state’s corrections facilities. Prior to serving as Commissioner, Buss served as Superintendent of two Indiana prisons where he refined Death Row and execution procedures, implemented accountability metrics and implemented a safe prison initiative. Throughout his career, Buss has been successful in implementing innovative policies that improve operations while reducing wasteful spending.

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  • by Lacie Location: Bradford on Aug 17, 2011 at 06:53 AM
    I'm hoping the new secretary and whoever else involved comes to the agreement that VOP and certain other FIRST TIME OFFENDERS sentences are to long and should be shorter either by PAROLE, PROBATION, OR WORK RELEASE. My husband and I would even consider house arrest atleast then he wouldn't be away from home and could work to help not only financially but emotionally or however else we or I need support of help. Hopefully this goes into effect very soon!!
  • by Betty Location: Alachua on Apr 18, 2011 at 02:53 PM
    I'm hoping with the new DOC Secretary, Mr Buss that there will be a change for non-violent offenders. The sentencing of non-violent offenders is outrageously long.VOP violations is the same,outrageously long. They could be shorter to allow inmates to return to society to begin a new and productive life.
  • by David Location: st.petersburg fl. on Apr 11, 2011 at 08:40 AM
    If anyone thinks his appointment is going to be better for inmates, your dillusional, they have already cut out ALL meat, Next will be ALL medications.
  • by Jennifer Location: Venice on Mar 14, 2011 at 05:27 PM
    I also am in the predicament that my husband is incarcerated due to a drug addication making him do an extremely long time in which he is missing his young and only son grow which he last saw at 3 months old. I am hopeful that the system works with those that didn't do violent crimes, but just need the help to better themselves with work release so us the families don't have to suffer as well. I am up for less time and more Probation where they are monitored and drug tested and there to help the families and babies that need them. Yes, for the financial side, but also for the bonding side which no one could ever replace. Missing a young child grow is one thing no non violent partent should miss due to a unfortunate drug addiction that has grown to be an epidemic amongst the younger of the criminals now locked up.
  • by Marilyn Fielding Location: Canada on Mar 7, 2011 at 02:47 PM
    I was excited to hear of the fact that Adwin G Buss is heading the Department of Corrections in Florida. I have a vested interest in this as my daughter and grandson are next to being homeless because the bread winner of the home was and is incarserated in the year of 2009 due to his drug addiction. If he was to be put into a work release program his family would not be desitute relying on food stamps to live. In fact puting more strain on the government. Make him be drug tested and be able to work and suport his family, in a work release program. I cannot be much help here in Canada and living on a fixed income myself. Thank you for the oppertunity to air my concern for my family.
  • by the voice on the outside Location: aci-east on Feb 28, 2011 at 10:00 AM
    as the new commissioner whats going on in this prison i am hearing so many things about this prison and why is it still open as commissioner you need to check this place out the inmates are getting sick in there due to the food, why hasn't the health department done anything yet they have alot of problems going on in there need your help.
  • by concerned parents out here Location: appalachee correctional instution on Feb 27, 2011 at 11:20 PM
    well why don;t you start first by closing down aci there is so many problems there and no one seems to be doing nothing i know these guys are in prison but they are not DOGS they are human beings they are being served roaches in their food and rats stuck to the bottem of their diner treys the inmates are geting sick nothing is being done lets see if you can do something about this problen they have be going to close this prison down for years now and won't do to the jobs people will loose well someone needs to do something before its to late like i said the food is making these inmates sick and the dish washer is broken to how are the dishes gettig washed wow who cares they eat roaches for diner please do something before its to late.
  • by Maureen Location: Sunrise Fl on Feb 26, 2011 at 03:17 AM
    Secretary Buss, after I have carefully researching your history on line. Reduce sentences for non-violent crimes will save money our tax money & place inmates into a intensive 12-18 week education program prepare them for outside prison basic computer skills make their own resume & then put them in a work release program after serving 65% of their sentence this gives them an opportuity to have a little freedom & work & earn money & save have the inmate contribute 10% of their earnings to the work release they are this will create jobs for convicted fellons & will create a better perspective for those who have been in prison for more than 3 years not to mention it will allow them their independence, save the State of Fl money
  • by Tazmania Location: Florida on Feb 22, 2011 at 01:07 AM
    Secretary Buss, If you are as good as Governor say you are then another way to save is stop taking gain time for things that should not be in the system. As you already know the ones that are bringing things in there are the Officers but punish our love ones and I am glad that Governor Scott is shaking things up. This is big business and if you saw the stocks a few years ago, it is through the roof on taxpayers back. My suggestion and/or comment is to pay a nominal fee to the state and send them home. They have learned their lessons and we all know that we live in a unforgiving society but I pray and trust that the cust will provided for educational and programs that will give them a chance. They belittle them, disrespect them and if you say anything they take their gain time and they are there longer making taxpayers pay morer. We all make mistakes some just do not get caught and others do. The Code of Conduct keeps most of them in line but others need to go under Crosby regime
  • by Jennifer Broich Location: Pinellas County, FL on Feb 17, 2011 at 05:11 PM
    I'd like to comment about the jail diversion program for inmates who have mental health and drug addiction problems and I agree with everyone else's comment on changing the 85% to 65% gain time. The problem with FL is that you are sentencing non violent criminals who have mental health or drug addiction problems unfairly. 3 or more sentences all due to some ridiculous points system. Come one Florida!!! WAKE UP! Do you think you are helping communities and society by putting these people who commit crimes because of their mental or drug induced state in a prison system with no reform? Help these people. Reform them so they can function well in society and not commit crimes anymore. It's so simple, stop spending billions of tax payers hard earned money housing these inmates who don't deserve these harsh penalties but instead reform them, get them the proper help, the proper care & make this community and society a better place. I'm enraged w/the system and how no one cares! Do Something!!
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