Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    GOV. MSG. NO. 590




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2018

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred Governor's Message No. 590, submitting for study and consideration the nomination of: 


Deputy Director of the Department of Budget and Finance


G.M. No. 590


for a term to expire at noon on 12-03-2018,


begs leave to report as follows:


     Your Committee reviewed the personal statement and resume submitted by Ken Kitamura for service as the Deputy Director of Finance.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of the nomination from the Office of the Governor; Director of Finance and two employees of the Department of Budget and Finance; Department of Taxation; Department of Accounting and General Services; Department of Land and Natural Resources; Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; Department of Agriculture; Department of Public Safety; Department of Transportation; Department of Human Services; and Employees' Retirement System.


     Upon review of the testimony and the nominee's qualifications, your Committee finds that the nominee has served as the Business Management Officer of the Department of Human Services, Fiscal Management Office since January 2014.  Your Committee notes that the nominee previously served as an Administrative Services Officer, a Business Manager, and a Program Budget Analyst of the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; a Business Services Officer of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor; a Legislative Aide in the Office of a Honolulu Councilmember; a Special Projects Manager and Budget Supervisor of the Senate Ways and Means Committee; an Associate Auditor of the Office of the Legislative Auditor; and an Analyst of the Senate President's Office.  Your Committee also notes that the nominee earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Chaminade University of Honolulu and a Master's in Public Administration degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.


     Your Committee finds that Ken Kitamura's education and extensive record in public service qualify him to serve as the Deputy Director of Finance.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee, after full consideration of the background, experience, and qualifications of the nominee, has found the nominee to be qualified for the position to which nominated and recommends that the Senate advise and consent to the nomination.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,