Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan in his office on Sept. 10 in Annapolis. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post) (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed an executive order Friday that creates a new unit in his administration to evaluate the performance of state agencies and offer suggestions on offering services more efficiently.

Hogan said that the Governor’s Office of Performance Improvement is part of his plan to reduce waste and excessive bureaucracy in government.

“Every single agency in Maryland government must be focused on delivering outstanding service to the people of the state, while keeping a close eye on how every single taxpayer dollar gets spent,” Hogan said in a statement. “Duplication of services, waste of taxpayer dollars, and never-ending bureaucracy are what people so often resent in government agencies. It will be GOPI’s job to track progress in these areas across state government and make recommendations on how agencies can make improvements over time,

The unit, which will be headed by Luis A. Luna, a former assistant administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and former vice president of corporate communications for Perdue Farms, will create performance metrics, collect data and conduct analysis on agency performance.

Former governor Martin O’Malley (D) created a similar program, known as StateStat, which used statistics to hold government agencies accountable for their performance and to help allocate resources to areas of greatest need. As mayor of Baltimore, O’Malley pioneered CitiStat and replicated it in the state when he became governor.

GOPI will replace that program.