Office of the State Treasurer


CONTACT: Matt Golden
March 23, 2004
(609) 984-7110
Irish Government Officials Visit Treasury Department

 TRENTON — New Jersey Treasurer John E. McCormac and Ida Castro, commissioner of the State’s Department of Personnel, welcomed a contingent of Irish government officials to the State House this afternoon for discussions related to the administration of State agencies and the provision of various government services. The visiting delegation consisted of senior civil servants who are participating in a master’s degree program offered by Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

 The Strategic Management Programme, as Trinity has dubbed it, recruits about 12 candidates for each two-year cycle of study, which includes a group dissertation based on visits to public-sector organizations in several foreign nations. The current roster of students, spurred by the Irish government’s recent decision to decentralize some civil service departments, is examining large and geographically dispersed organizations.

 Meetings between Treasurer McCormac, Commissioner Castro, several division directors from the Treasury Department, and the students centered on organizational leadership and structure, the use of information technology, facility management, and human resource issues.

 “It was great to spend some time this afternoon sharing information and discussing departmental practices with a group of highly experienced and intelligent public servants,” Treasurer McCormac said. “The experience should prove enriching for both our visitors and those of us from State government who were fortunate enough to have participated.”

 Commissioner Castro added, “I was glad to have the opportunity to speak with the group from Ireland about our shared-services initiative and how this program improves customer service, cuts red tape, and reduces overall human resources costs.”

 The Irish contingent has plans to confer with officials from several states over the course of a seven-day stay in America.

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