Scott Takes Aim at DMS

By: Troy Kinsey Email
By: Troy Kinsey Email

Tallahassee, FL - Rick Scott ran for governor pledging to clean house here in Tallahassee, and lawmakers are apparently willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, at least for now.

GOP leaders had been planning to take away the governor's authority over the Department of Management Services (DMS), but Scott convinced the Republican leadership to give him a chance at reforming the department.

The agency handles everything from the state airplane to building maintenance, and most importantly, awarding state contracts.
DMS has notably come under fire for losing control of projects like the so-called 'Taj Mahal' courthouse.

Scott says his goal now is to use his business experience to whip DMS into shape, but former state Senator Ken Plante says doing that will be quite the task.

Plante says, "An agency like that is not going to function, it didn't function well under the Governor and Cabinet. But, you've got to get in there and straighten out the whole bid process, the whole purchasing process. I'm very hopeful that Governor-elect Scott is the right person to do that."

Plante was around when DMS was created back in 1968. For the first twenty years it was overseen by the cabinet, and Plante says it was even more dysfunctional then as a result.

The agency's leading critics in the legislature say they're appalled that DMS has doled out more than 41,000 cell phones to state employees.
That carries a cost of 17-million dollars a year, paid for by you, the taxpayer.


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  • by Rick Scott supporter on Nov 22, 2010 at 06:17 AM
    GatorEE83, Liten they don't "need" cell phones. We are broke. Beans and rice, you hear? We are trying save jobs not cell phones.
  • by GatorEE83 Location: Tallahassee on Nov 22, 2010 at 05:50 AM
    The people quote in source don't know what they are talking about. DMS "Doled Out" 41,000 cell phones? DMS is a provider of equipment and services that can be purchased by State Agencies. They don't dictate to the agencies what they can and can't purchase. If there is a concern over the number of cell phones used by State Agencies, the legislature should ask the agencies why they have the cell phones not DMS. No one asks GM why they sell so many cars? I don't know how many of you are aware but the phones cost the State nothing under the DMS contract. They are only billed for usage. So if a person is on call and doesn't use the phone there is no charge. If the Child Protection Team is on site and needs to call the police for intervention, I'd hate for them to have to leave the home and drive to the 7/11 to use the payphone. By the way, that would cost more than the usage on the free cell phone. It seems clear why the legislature is having so much trouble with DMS. They are clueless.
  • by Question on Nov 19, 2010 at 02:46 PM
    Concern, Are you at fault in anyway for the Dept of Revenue even being in your life?
  • by Question. on Nov 19, 2010 at 01:04 PM
    Concern, why is the Dept of Rev having to manage you?
  • by Rick Scott supporter on Nov 19, 2010 at 12:22 PM
    To anon 1:46 He didn’t do that. In debate when this came up he said. “ I, as the leader, take full accountability for it.” That demonstrates a lot of character. An honestly, as a hospital biller, I can tell you that when a claim is wrong, it is not just 1 persons fault. A lot of people work a claim both before and after it is transmitted…but did he go into that or try to put the blame on someone else. No. He rolled up his sleeves and got the problem fix. Your guy does not do that. He looks for a place to divert the blame.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 19, 2010 at 10:46 AM
    Anonymous on Nov 19, 2010 at 12:07 PM You forgot Scott's main management skill, pretending ignorance to corruption and letting others take the fall.
  • by Concern Location: T-Town on Nov 19, 2010 at 10:14 AM
    I Think his next aim should be towards the Department of Revenue that rips off millions of men every day with there laxy daisy way of treating men that pays their child support
  • by Anonymous on Nov 19, 2010 at 09:07 AM
    Robin, Your guy manages by pointing the finger at the other guy. Rick Scott manages much more efficiently. He manages by measuring productive, streamlining process, identifying problems, taking accountability for them as a leader, and actually resolving them. He is an excellent manager and he doesn’t do by blaming the other guy. He does it by being accountable, taking ownerships and putting the effort towards fixing the problem not towards diverting the blame.
  • by Robin Goodfellow on Nov 19, 2010 at 07:08 AM
    Once again, "Rick Scott supporter" - just where is "Sharia Law" being imposed in the US? And once again, I'll write and state that is has been the Republicans that are bankrupting this country. Wall Street crooks get away with it - REPUBLICANS. TARP - Republicans. WAR - Republicans. For some reason, WCTV seems fit to post your moronic rantings but not those who question you.
  • by Rick Scott supporter on Nov 19, 2010 at 05:58 AM
    Gatorgirl, Rick Scott is not out to take anybody’s jobs. He is out to save them. Your employer (the State) is broke. Do to lack of funding, and a presidential movement to regulate/control the private sector profit, everyone jobs are on the line. Rick Scott does not want people collecting unemployment. It is expensive. It is much more cost efficient to secure the states business sector financially so people can work. That is what he is trying to do. He is trying to make this state financial secure and profitable so you don’t loose your job due to lack of funding and lack of profit. We do not benefit from a bunch of people loosing their jobs, stop promoting that. You have a Leader who wants to destroy capitalism and impose Sharia Law stop helping him by encouraging firings. That makes more people financial dependent on the government and it gives that leader more control to do what he wants to do. You better wake up, Sharia law, not your jerk of a boss, is very real threat in this countr
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