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Governor's Commission on Services and Expenditures records

Identifier: RG028_005

Scope and Content

Includes report drafts, working papers, minutes, correspondence, reference materials, and back-up files.


  • 1959-1973

Language of Materials

The records are in English.

Restrictions on Access

These records are stored at an off-site facility and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

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Historical Note

In his first Executive Order, dated March 17, 1971, Governor Thomas J. Meskill established a Commission to undertake, "a study and analysis of the offices, departments, boards, commission, councils, and other agencies of the State and of the functions of State government to ascertain the means by which and the manner in which the services of the State of Connecticut may be afforded to its citizens in the most efficient, expeditious, and economical manner." Edwin D. Etherington, President of the National Center for Voluntary Action, was appointed Chairman, and the Vice Chairman was Richard M. Stewart, retired Chairman of the Anaconda Brass Company. The work was done, "at no cost to taxpayers" by Commission members and some sixty Study Team staff provided from the management staffs of Connecticut business firms, with other expenses covered by funds raised by four Finance Chairmen from business and private donations. Expert assistance in the study and in administering the work was provided by Warren King and Associates of Chicago, with Thomas D. Evans as Resident Consultant.

Most of the research and investigatory work was done in a period of twelve weeks, April to July, 1971, and the final report, a document of 265 pages, was published in October, 1971 (The Report of the Governor's Commission on Services & Expenditures, CSL call number Conn Doc G747se).


30.5 cubic feet


The Commission studied State government to determine the most efficient and economical means to deliver services to citizens.


The file numnbers referred to in the Container List follow this plan:

5. Governor's Office

6. Secretary of the State

7. Treasurer

8. Attorney General

9. Comptroller

10. Tax Department

11. Personnel Department (see also 23, 24)

12. Public Works Department: (see 163 for Office of the Commissioner)

13. Office of Business and Administration

14. Division of Real Assets and Capital Projects

15. Division of Buildings and Grounds

16. Department of Finance and Control:

17. Office of the Commissioner

18. Budget Division

19. Purchasing Division

20. Central Collections Division

21. Office of State Planning

22. Department of Community Affairs

23. Personnel Policy Board (see also 11, 24)

24. Personnel Appeal Board (see also 11, 23)

25. Debt Service

26. Connecticut Development Commission

27. Connecticut Research Commission 28. State Police Department

29. Department of Motor Vehicles

30. Connecitcut Safety Commission

31. Military Department

32. Labor Department

33. Department of Consumer Protection

34. Insurance Department (see also 9, 131, 135)

35. Public Utilities Commission

36. Liquor Control Commission

37. Workmen's Compensation Commission

38. Unemployment Commission

39. Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities

40. Municipal Police Training Council

41. Real Estate Board

42. Miscellaneous regulatory commissions

43. Connecticut marketing Authority

44. Board of Accountancy

45. Industrial Building Commission

46. Civil Air Patrol

47. Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources:

48. Division of Agriculture

49. Division of Parks and Forests

50. Division of Fisheries and Game

51. Division of Water Resources

52. Division of Geological and Natural History Survey

53. Division of Shell Fisheries

54. Boating Commission

55. Agricultural Experiment Station

56. Department of Education:

57. State Board of Education and Services for the Blind

58. Commission for Higher Education

59. Administration ("covered in 58")

60. Central Office, Board for State Colleges

61. State Colleges

62. State Technical Colleges

63. Central Office, Regional Community Colleges

64 Regional Community Colleges (combined with 63)

65. University of Connecticut

66. Health Center, University of Connecitcut (comnbined with 65)

67. State Library (see also 161)

68. Teachers' Retirement Board

69. State Commission on the Arts

70. Historical Commission

71. Student Loan Foundation

72. Commission on Aid to Higher Education

73. Department of Transportation

74. Bureau of Rail and Motor Carrier Services

75. Bureau of Aeronautics

76. Bureau of Waterways

77. Administration

78. Office of Personnel

79. Office of Fiscal Services

80. Office of Staff Services

81. Office of Right of Way

82. Data Processing

83. Bureau of Planning and Research

84. Bureau of Highways

85. Office of Design

86. Office of Traffic

87. Office of Engineering Service

88. Office of Revenue

89. Office of Stores

90. Office of Property Control

91. Office of Administration

92. Office of Construction and Maintenance

93. Division of Tolls

94. Division of Town and Federal Aid

95. Department of Health

96. Central Office and Division of Public Health

97. Office of Public Health

98. Office of Mental Retardation

99. Office of Tuberculosis Control, Hospital Care and Rehabilitation

100. Department of Mental Health

101. Fairfield Hills Hospital

102. Connecticut Valley Hospital

103. Norwich Hospital

104. Undercliff Mental Health Center

105. Alcohol and Drug Dependence Division

106. High Meadows

107. Connecticut Mental Health Center

108. Dubois Treatment Center

109. Security Treatment Center

110. Division of Community Services (combined under 100)

111. Veterans Home and Hospital Commission

112. Department of Welfare

113. Commission on Services for Elderly Persons

114. Soldier's, Sailor's, and Marine's Fund

115. Governor's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped

116. Department of Correction

117. Commissioner's Office

118. Parole Services and Supervision Division

119. State Prison

120. Operations Division

121. Business Administration Division

122. Treatment and Training Division

123. Medical Division

124. State Jails

125. State Farm and Prison for Women

126. Department of Child and Youth Services

127. Long Lane School for Girls

128. Connecitcut School for Boys

129. Board of Pardons

130 Adult Probation Commission

131. Insurance Purchasing and Other Non-Functional Expenditures (see also 9, 34, 135)

132. County Sheriffs

133. Miscellaneous appropriations to the Governor

134. Other Non-Functional expenses

135. Insurance Purchasing Board (see also 9, 34, 131)

136. State Employees' Pension Fund (see also 151)

137. Surety Bonds and Other Insurance

138. Forms and Printing

139. Space and Real Estate (combines with 144)

140. Communications

141. Voice and Data (combines with 140)

142. Mail

143. Messenger (combines eith 142)

144. Property management

145. Banking Department

146. Data Processing

147. Information Systems (Appllications); Computer Operations

148. Personnel

149. Fleets

150. Connecticut mortgage Authority

151. Retirement Division (see also 136)

152. Steamship terminal Commission

153. Connecticut Transportation Authority

154. Connecticut Transportation Authority

155. Ambulance Commission

156. Medical Examining Board

158. Planning Commission on Criminal Administration

159. Henry Whitfield House

160. State Employees' Suggestion Award Board

161. Records Management (see also 67)

162. Division of Concessions (Dept. of Transportation, Bureau of Highways)

163. Office of the COmmissioner (Public Works Department)

164. State Employees' Retirement Commission (see Comptroller)

165. Office of Civil Defense

166. State Traffic Commisson

168. Medico-legal investigations

169. State Bond Commission


These records came to the State Archives in Speptember 1978 from the Office of Policy and Management.

Processing Information

These records were formerly RG 096. In 1994, State Archives staff consolidated the collection with other records of similar commissions in a new RG 028.

RG 028:005, Governor's Commission on Services and Expenditures (Etherington Commission)
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Repository Details

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