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DNR begins implementation of major effort to better align resources with stakeholder priorities

By Central Office November 30, 2016

Contact(s): Jennifer Sereno, DNR communications,, 608-770-8084; Jim Dick, DNR spokesman,, 608-267-2773

MADISON - Following a yearlong effort to analyze staff resources and prioritize core work, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Wednesday announced implementation plans for a strategic effort to better align its functions and organizational structure with the changing needs of customers and stakeholders.

DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp said the strategic alignment effort will help the department carry out its mission to protect Wisconsin's natural resources more efficiently and consistently than ever before. The alignment plan reflects a variety of inputs including recommendations by internal teams, feedback from stakeholders and recognition of changing public expectations and funding sources.

"Successful organizations must periodically evaluate their priorities and structure to ensure they are serving customers effectively," Stepp said. "In implementing this strategic alignment effort, we've devoted extensive effort to make sure we get it right. We also intend to continue seeking feedback so we can respond nimbly if changes are needed along the way."

DNR started the strategic alignment effort in July 2015 to prioritize core work and align the department's functions and organizational structure with available resources. The effort was launched against the backdrop of a growing workload and a constrained fiscal outlook. The implementation will be accomplished in phases with final changes anticipated by early 2018.

While the effort will result in improved service delivery and enhanced integration of department resources, it will require changes in job descriptions for some employees. The alignment will not result in an overall reduction in the number of jobs at DNR.

Following are a few key points regarding the overall agency and some specific program-level changes:

"The alignment process has been guided by our values of integrity, professionalism, collaboration, respect, and customer service," Stepp said. "We remain committed to fielding a quality workforce and we are fortunate to have staff with the skills, flexibility and desire to take advantage of new opportunities created through the alignment process."

Last Revised: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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