Harrisburg – Budget Secretary Charles B. Zogby
today announced that the commonwealth has saved more than $1 million by
offsetting payments to vendors and business partners with debts more than 90
days delinquent to the commonwealth.
Commonwealth Offset Program (COP) began in July 2013 to offset any payment to
delinquent business partners by the amount they may owe the commonwealth for
license fees, assessments or delinquent loans last year.
continue to get tighter, it is important for the commonwealth to be good
stewards of public funds,” Zogby said. “Each year, the commonwealth used to pay
millions of dollars to vendors that were delinquent on debts owed back to it.
With the offset program, we keep valuable funds available for
commonwealth programs and services.”
uses the current Contractor Responsibility Program to identify vendors who are
set to receive commonwealth payment, yet are 90 days or more delinquent on
non-tax debts. Under the COP, the debt owed to the commonwealth is
deducted from the vendor payment. If the debt exceeds the payment, future
payments would be offset by the corresponding amount.
commonwealth urges its business partners to pay any delinquent debts to avoid
having any future payments delayed or offset.
COP was developed as part of the Governor’s Innovation Initiative. Since
its inception the Governor’s Innovation Office has worked with state agencies
on efforts to reduce costs, increase efficiency and improve services.
These initiatives have resulted in more than $690 million in savings and
For more on
the Commonwealth Offset Program, visit www.budget.state.pa.us. Click Vendor Services.
information on the Governor’s Innovation Initiative, visit www.innovation.pa.gov
contact: Jay Pagni,
Governor’s Budget Office, 717-783-1116