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Governor’s Council Of Neighbor Island Advisors for East Hawai‘i to meet on Wednesday (Feb 24)


HILO – The Governor’s Council of Neighbor Island Advisors for East Hawai‘i will meet on Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 5:00 p.m. in the County of Hawai‘i, Aging and Disability Resource Center, which is located at 1055 Kino‘ole Street, more well known as the Old Sun Sun Lau Building. The public is encouraged to attend.

Department of Human Services Deputy Director Henry Oliva and national consultant Sandie Hoback will brief the council on the proposed eligibility reorganization and reduction-in-force within the department. The Department is proposing to create the Eligibility Processing Operations Division (EPOD) which would streamline the processing of applications and renewals for public assistance and save taxpayers money. EPOD is modeled after the ACCESS Florida initiative, which has gained national attention for its efficiency and for satisfaction ratings among both customers and government employees.

Governor Linda Lingle created councils of neighbor island advisors to give neighbor island residents a stronger voice in state government. The Governor’s Council of Neighbor Island Advisors for East Hawai‘i holds monthly public meetings to seek community input, advise the Governor of important issues and make recommendations for state boards and commissions.

The members of the Council are Julie Hugo, Alton Okinaka, Norman Stahl, Carol VanCamp, Albert Nakaji, Scott Enright and Jennifer Zelko.

Anyone requiring special accommodations to participate at this meeting may call 243-5796 for assistance. For additional information on the Governor’s Council of Neighbor Island Advisors, neighbor island advisory committees, including meeting agendas and minutes, visit the Governor’s Web site at

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