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Erie County Executive Joel A. Giambra's decision to pursue a comprehensive study of how county government could re-engineer the way it does business is exactly why he won election last November.

The Legislature, which approved funds for a similar study of the Department of Social Services, ought to provide the needed $250,000 to pay for this examination. There are a number of reasons to examine government practices and procedures, not the least of which is eliminating waste. Big business re-examines and adjusts to changing needs. It would benefit government to do the same.

The continued use of outdated, outmoded practices and techniques simply won't work in today's society. It continues the kind of waste and duplication that leaders should try to halt. This is another in a series of attacks against waste Giambra has launched. The study of the Department of Social Services already has found numerous examples of waste. They include duplication of services and walls between departments where there is little communication.

Creating separate programs to achieve the same or similar goals, along with the bureaucracy that goes along with it, is a gross waste of money and resources. By examining better practices, the Giambra administration can affect major savings and major improvements in county government.

This is the 21st century. At some point, governments at all levels are going to have to catch up with the fact that old ways of doing business don't cut it anymore.

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