Governor Names Berger as Acting DMB Director

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Governor John Engler today named Duane Berger acting director of the Michigan Department of Management and Budget. Berger replaces former director Janet Phipps and assumes the responsibilities immediately.

"Duane will continue the direction DMB has taken the last few years, focusing on improving customer service and business operations," said Engler. "He brings with him the background and know-how to manage the state's physical assets and to make sound business decisions that are in the best interests of the state."

Formerly, Berger was a deputy director for Management Services, DMB, since 1998, overseeing the department's Office of Design and Construction, Office of Property Services, Office of Support Services, Real Estate and Vehicle and Travel Services.

"I am honored to support the administration as acting director," said Berger. "I know my colleagues here at DMB are top notch and we will continue to move toward our unified vision of Excellence in Service – Partners in Progress."

Berger joined the state in 1992, when he became director of Motor Transport until 1997. In 1997, he was named director of the Office of Property Services. Prior to his service to the state of Michigan, Berger was regional manager for a large fleet management company.

Berger resides in East Lansing with his wife Laurie.