The launch of Smarter Government Washington

Thanks for being here with me on Day 1!

Today is launch day for Smarter Government Washington, a new, collaborative website I’ve started. Our purpose is to look for and then publicize examples and ideas that will make our state government smarter – because a more efficient and less expensive government will allow your tax dollars to go to the state’s highest priorities, starting with public education.

We all have a stake in making government work smarter, so I hope you will join me in this endeavor and offer your ideas on how state government can work better for all citizens.

Many of you had asked how I planned to remain involved in public policy in Washington State now that I’ve returned to the private sector. This web site provides the answer to that question, and this blog will be a place where I share relevant news from around the state, highlight problems and discuss reforms and improvements. We’ll also look at ideas that are working well in other states that we could apply here in Washington.

Bookmark the blog now and return often for fresh news as we move forward.

I think an appropriate starting point is to thank a state agency that has been doing great work in tough circumstances lately. The Department of Transportation’s response to the I-5 bridge collapse in Skagit County has been impressive. They are working with all speed to get a temporary structure up so traffic can start flowing again on this important trade corridor.

Congratulations to everyone – state employees and private sector contractors – who are working so quickly and cost-efficiently to make this happen. It should remind us that when government streamlines its regulatory processes, projects can be done quicker. Perhaps we shouldn’t need a crisis to try and make it easier to rebuild and improve our infrastructure in Washington State.

I look forward to hearing from you as Smarter Government Washington moves from today’s launch towards becoming a must-read for concerned citizens and policy makers. Please take the time to visit the “Contact” page, and let me know what you think state government is doing well – and where it could be doing better – I’ll be sharing the best ideas in the coming days.

Thank you,


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Rob McKenna
Rob served two terms as Washington’s Attorney General, from 2005 to 2013. He successfully argued three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and negotiated three of the largest consumer financial protection settlements in national history, all involving mortgage lending and servicing. He is a recognized leader in the development of consumer protections on the internet, in data protection and privacy regulation.