The Committee on the Office of the General Assembly (COGA) voted to approve a new organizational structure for the Office of the General Assembly (OGA) at its meeting held by telephone conference call on February 27. The new structure and leadership design approved by the committee was the result of a comprehensive process conducted by Dudley Hamilton Associates, a New Jersey-based global management consulting firm. Although the process of redefining the OGA’s vision, mission, and strategic direction was initiated in large part to reduce and realign the agency’s operating budget for 2013-2014, the OGA’s goals for reorganization transcended a traditional restructuring geared solely to meet financial challenges. “Restructuring the agency was never all about the economics,” said Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons. “It began with our collective desire to shape a new future for the OGA in service to the PC(USA).” Immediately after the vote, COGA Moderator Vincent Thomas said that the decision was evidence that COGA embraced “a new vision” for the OGA. “The new structure will enable OGA to better serve the PC(USA) by being more focused, flexible, and intentional, “ Thomas said.  “We are, however, very aware of our decision’s impact on the OGA staff, both those who will depart OGA and those who will continue, all of whom love the PC(USA) and view their work as a ministry.”