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Watchdog agencies pan proposal for central hearing office

By Christine Stuart

HARTFORD, Conn. – Some of the nine watchdog agencies who felt that they were under attack when Gov. Dannel P. Malloy consolidated them under the Office of Governmental Accountability were surprised this year when a bill called for further consolidation of their functions.

A bill proposed by the legislature’s Government Administration and Elections Committee seeks to combine the regulatory hearing functions of a variety of agencies, including the Freedom of Information Commission, Office of State Ethics, Transportation Department, Elections Enforcement Commission, Judicial Review Counsel, Department of Children and Families, and the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

At least four of the agencies are members of the Office of Governmental Accountability, which was created three years ago as a way to trim costs, reduce the size of government, and improve accountability. It put together nine previously separate agencies under one roof over the objections of some of the agency executives who worried that a governor-appointed administrator would hinder their ability to do their job.

This is the first year some of the watchdog agencies like the Freedom of Information Commission have been included in the bill to create a central hearing office

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