COLUMBIA — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is giving her Cabinet agencies two months to come up with a list of every building they own.
Haley signed an executive order Monday at her Cabinet meeting, saying she has wanted the list since she took office in 2011 and is tired of waiting. She set a Dec. 15 deadline, promising the agencies they can get as much help from the Budget and Control Board as they need.
“It is unacceptable these agencies can’t give the inventory of what they have. It is unacceptable for us to have inventory that is so much they can’t give it,” Haley said.
Haley is also asking non-Cabinet agencies like the Department of Education and universities to submit their lists too. The governor wants the information so she can review it with agencies and figure out what the state can sell or consolidate to save money. She isn’t sure she can finish the process before she submits her next state budget in January.
“I can see from some of your faces you were a little overwhelmed. I don’t want you to be. I want you to be excited,” Haley said.
The governor said she has wanted the information since she took office in 2011, but the Budget and Control Board has not been able to pull a list together.
Budget and Control Board Director Marcia Adams said the agency had problems trying to get the information without help. Agencies have merged, been created or in the case of departments like the Preparedness for Peace Commission or the South Carolina Lunatic Asylum, have been disbanded. Deeds include several different names and departments.
Budget and Control Board officials told agency leaders they need to know every piece of property down to flagpoles and fences. They are offering to help agencies create the list by sending interns to courthouses to look up deeds.
“I appreciate what you are doing to help us,” Adams said.
The Department of Health and Human Services has already gone through the process, and Director Tony Keck said they were able to reduce the amount of space the agency uses by 27,000 square feet and save the state about $1 million a year.