History

Formed of Experience and High Expectations

The Alliance for Regulatory Coordination began formation in Spring of 2010. An organizational meeting, attended by 24 representatives, was held on May 17, 2010, in Madison Wisconsin.

The Alliance was initiated by Robert DuPont, the former Director of Program Development in the Safety and Buildings Division of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce. The Alliance is a client group of Regulatory Guidance and Design LLC, which is owned and operated by Mr. DuPont.

During his 14 years as Director of Program Development in the Wisconsin Department of Commerce, Mr. DuPont observed an almost universally held desire among the customer groups of the Department. They wanted more efficient and coordinated regulatory services. They wanted less overlap between state and municipal regulatory programs. Basically, they wanted to get the best value for the money they paid to government agencies.

The first three months of 2010 were filled with individual meetings between Mr. DuPont and over three dozen state and regional organizations involved in building design, construction, operation and regulation in Wisconsin. During those meetings expectations were identified and hopes were raised that by working together great things could be accomplished through the Alliance for Regulatory Coordination.


Helping Shape Wisconsin State Government in 2010

August 25, 2010
ARC holds its first formal meeting.  A possible reorganization of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce is identified as the top concern of ARC members. Both candidates for Governor have indicated interest in reshaping that Department.

September 13, 2010
ARC members meet and agree that their respective organizations would likely support keeping the Wisconsin Safety and Buildings Division and the Wisconsin Division of Environmental and Regulatory Services together in the same department.

October 12, 2010
ARC members meet and decide to develop recommendations concerning the future location of the regulatory programs of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce.

November 4, 2010
ARC members meet and agree on four draft recommendations regarding the regulatory portions of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce.

November 5, 2010
ARC issues a draft white paper recommending creation of the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services made up of the current Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing and the regulatory portions of the current Wisconsin Department of Commerce.

December 9, 2010
Meetings with Governor-elect Scott Walker's Transition Team, concerning reorganization of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce, are summarized by several ARC members during the fifth meeting of the Alliance. Bill McCoshen, Executive Director of Competitive Wisconsin, Inc., joins the meeting to discuss developments relating to the Commerce reorganization.

December 28, 2010
Governor-elect Walker announces his proposal to replace the Wisconsin Department of Commerce with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, saying that he expects the regulatory portions of Commerce to be moved to a revamped Department of Regulation and Licensing.

December 31, 2010
The Superior Telegram newspaper reports on Governor-elect Walker's December 30th announcement of his selection of Dave Ross as Secretary of the Department of Regulation and Licensing. The article says: "Walker said there are commerce-related and building and safety regulations that he wants to move to the Department of Regulation and Licensing. "I want to move those as part of the budget process into the Department of Regulation and Licensing, and give it a kind of new approach, one that I hope is much more customer-service driven and much more about professional services" Walker said Thursday."


Commending Those Who Promote Safety and Encouraging Improvement in 2011

January 6, 2011
Members meet and discuss the expected reorganization of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce, expressing their concerns and possible outcomes related thereto.

February 17, 2011
Members meet and review their concerns regarding operation of the Safety and Buildings Division.  A possible new organizational structure for the Safety and Buildings Division is discussed with Mike Corry, former Safety and Buildings Division Administrator, and Ron Buchholz, former S&B Deputy Division Administrator.

March 18, 2011
Members meet and identify their top three areas of concern relative to the Safety and Buildings Division: lapsing of S&B funds to other agencies, resource allocation among programs and services, and changes to the Department and Division organizational structures.

April 15, 2011
Members meet and discuss a draft ARC white paper entitled "How to Advance Safety Services in Wisconsin through Improved Resource Management".  The paper communicates ARC recommendations regarding the top three areas of concern identified during the March 18th meeting.

May 20, 2011
Members meet and discuss 33 areas of interest concerning operation of the Safety and Buildings Division.  Members decide to focus on developing recommendations for addressing topics of interest to most members.

July 1, 2011
The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services is created by 2011 Wisconsin Act 32, reflecting the ARC recommendation made to Governor-elect Walker in November 2010.

July 29, 2011
Members meet and identify the following top areas of interest relative to S&B operations:
    1.    Stop the lapsing of funds from the Safety and Buildings Appropriation.
    2.    Improve the organizational structure of the S&B Division.
    3.    Improve deployment of resources among programs and services within the S&B Division.
    4.    Maintenance of services when merging into the Department of Safety and Professional Services.
    5.    Improved delivery of continuing education through more coordination with industry associations.

September 9, 2011
The Alliance mails Certificates of Commendation to over 2300 Wisconsin fire departments and municipalities, recognizing them for their efforts in promoting safety, and reinforcing the concept of the Wisconsin Building Safety Network. The Alliance intends the certificates, and the recognition conveyed, to help local officials realize that their efforts are appreciated and that their local programs deserve continued funding and support.

September 30, 2011
To help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Safe-Place Law in Wisconsin, and to recognize all the men and women who have dedicated themselves to promoting safety in Wisconsin during the last 100 years, the Alliance presents a commemorative plaque to the Safety and Buildings Division during the S&B centennial celebration.

October 28, 2011
Members meet and decide to send a letter to Secretary Ross, of the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, concerning operational and organizational aspects of the new department.

November 8, 2011
The Alliance sends a letter to DSPS Secretary Ross, requesting the following outcomes:
    1.    Maintain a high level of expertise among staff.
    2.    Maintain capacity to provide timely services.
    3.    Continue utilization of citizen advisory councils for code development.
    4.    Keep up with national model codes and standards.
    5.    Keep lines of communication open.

November 15, 2011
The Alliance sends letters of invitation to Safety and Buildings Division Administrator Nancy Mistele and Board Services Division Administrator Kellie Kaalele, of the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, to attend the next ARC member meeting.

November 22, 2011
The Alliance sends a letter to DSPS Secretary Ross, requesting that the administrative rules to implement statewide electrical inspections for commercial buildings, as mandated by 2007 Wisconsin Act 63, be made one of his top priorities during the next few months.