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From the Director's Desk


Last week, Governor Ricketts delivered his annual State of the State Address to the Nebraska Legislature. During his remarks, the Governor proclaimed that the State of the State is strong, especially in the face of the many unprecedented challenges we’ve encountered over the last several years. This is in large part due to our State’s leading response to COVID-19, which is a direct reflection of the incredible work of our state teammates in providing essential services to Nebraskans over the past couple years.

The Governor highlighted a couple areas in his remarks that DAS played an important role in:

  • Pandemic response: DAS contributed to the State’s pandemic response in a number of ways, including our Personal Protective Equipment procurement efforts and by helping to establish free accessible testing through TestNebraska.
  • Historic compensation agreements: Our State Bargaining team worked diligently to reach multiple historic compensation agreements for our teammates, to help better attract and retain talent to our team at the State.
  • Keeping veterans in Nebraska: DAS worked to make Nebraska the most military and veteran-friendly state in the country through a number of initiatives, including launching the Military Spouse Transition Program and implementing our Teammate Military Service Recognition Program.
  • Revitalizing North Omaha: Our State Purchasing Bureau team implemented our Procurement Concierge Program which helps women-owned, minority-owned, and small businesses partner with the State, and our State Building Division team helped the Department of Economic Development open a field office in North Omaha.

The Governor also highlighted his priorities for this year:

  • Continuing to provide Nebraskans much needed tax relief.
  • Protecting public safety.
  • Securing Nebraska’s water resources.
  • Spending the State’s allocated American Rescue Plan Act funds responsibly.

You can find the full text of the Governor’s State of the State Address here. I’m extremely proud of the hard work of our teammates throughout state government in 2021, and am looking forward to us continuing on our mission to provide opportunity through more effective, more efficient, and customer-focused state government.


Jason Jackson
Director, Department of Administrative Services


More from the Director's Desk:

January 25, 2022: Governor's 2022 State of the State Address

January 11, 2022: Serving our Customers and Teammates

December 10, 2021: New and Historic Benefits for our State Teammates

December 2, 2021: A Sustainable Nebraska State Government

November 30, 2021: Important DAS Leadership Announcement

November 12, 2021: Most Military and Veteran-Friendly State in the Country

November 5, 2021: Recognizing Our Teammates

October 28, 2021: COE Month in Nebraska

October 14, 2021: Honoring Nebraska's Military History

October 1, 2021: State Personnel Almanac

September 24, 2021: State Honors POW/MIA Service Members

July 20, 2021: Inaugural Meeting for the Nebraska Commission on African American Affairs

July 19, 2021: End of Fiscal Year

July 17, 2021: End of COVID-19 State of Emergency

June 30, 2021: Successful 2021 Open Enrollment

June 17, 2021: Statewide Safety Day

June 9, 2021: Reconnecting Nebraska

June 4, 2021: Championing Renewable Fuels in Nebraska

May 27, 2021: Give Back to the Community

May 14, 2021: Consolidation Update

May 13, 2021: Mother’s Day Initiatives

April 29, 2021: State Building Division Real Estate Strategy

April 28, 2021: DAS Leadership Team Update

April 16, 2021: Military Spouse Transition Program

April 13, 2021: Annual Report

March 12, 2021: National Procurement Month and Procurement Concierge Program

March 5, 2021: 2020 Successes