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Strive Toward Excellence in Performance (STEP)

Also known as:
Strive Toward Excellence in Performance
Active dates:1984-1990(?)

Public-private effort to test strategies to improve government efficiency.


STEP was launched in the Winter of 1984 with the creation of a steering committee with representation from state government, labor and private industry. The steering committee shapes STEP policy and advises the Commissioner of Administration, Sandra J. Hale, on the implementation of the program.

Since February 1985, explanations of the program have been presented to state executives, managers, and employees.

The STEP program yielded some 40 pilot projects, initiated in 22 state agencies to improve productivity, service, and cost effectiveness under the program.


Co-chairs of the steering committee are Governor Rudy Perpich and William Andres, chairman of the executive committee of the Dayton Hudson Corporation.

The steering committee is made up of executives from business, labor, not-for-profit, and state government sectors.

Agency heads:

Sandra J. Hale, Department of Administration


See Information in Governor's Reorganization Efforts notebooks as well.

Note: The Legislative Reference Library may have additional reports on or by this group available through our catalog.
Ten agencies win grants for innovative projects. New York Times, 9/26/1986.
News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 1985-1988.
Record last updated: 08/21/2023

All information on this group from the Library’s collection of agency notebooks has been digitized. These materials are incorporated into the “documents/articles” section of the record. Please contact a librarian with any questions. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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