Corbett Announces Over One Half-Billion Dollars in Savings through State
Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett announced
today that state agencies have saved over $650 million through innovations
aimed at improving customer service, reducing costs, and eliminating
inefficiency in state government.
government is performing more efficiently and effectively than it has in many
years,” Corbett said. “Administrative spending is down 10 percent, and through
the efforts of commonwealth employees, we continue to find new ways to improve
how government operates. We are working hard to build a stronger Pennsylvania.”
state agencies have completed over 200 cost-saving or cost-avoidance
initiatives that have saved more than $650 million so far. Nearly all state
agencies have contributed ideas to the commonwealth’s cost saving efforts. Some
of those individual agency cost-saving ideas include:
of General Services –
reduced state passenger vehicle fleet by nearly 20 percent, saving over $50
of Labor & Industry –
using PA Justice Network to help identify county inmates attempting to collect
unemployment compensation, saving over $100 million.
PennDOT – utilizing state-of-the-art technology to increase accuracy and
efficiency in conducting field surveys, saving $1.3 million.
Utility Commission –
eliminated paper filing requirements and made more information available
electronically, saving $23,000 per month on paper and printing.
of Conservation & Natural Resources – expanded use of citizen volunteers in state parks to
greet visitors, maintain trail and other projects, saving $9.4 million.
of Administration –
implemented award-winning online orientation process for new hires, saving $1
185 additional projects are underway with the potential for even more
savings. Many of the innovation ideas were submitted through state
today’s press conference, Gov. Corbett recognized 10 teams of employees who
have saved a combined total of $51 million in the last year.
more about innovation in state government, see total savings by state agency,
or to submit your own idea, visit the Governor’s Innovation Office website at www.innovation.pa.gov.
the formal press event, Governor Corbett took part in an employee awards
ceremony to honor employees whose innovation ideas were implemented in the past
presented for the following projects:
OA replaced the
outdated telecommunications infrastructure used by agencies under the
governor’s jurisdiction with Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP), meaning that
all phone calls travel across the commonwealth’s data network. The new
technology is more reliable, easier to support and reduces long-distance
costs. Integrated software for web conferencing, ad-hoc conference calls
and other features help improve collaboration and productivity. The new system
is saving approximately $27 million annually.
Annuitant Reserve Corps
Emergency Management Agency (PEMA)
natural disaster strikes, PEMA calls upon retired state employees who are
already trained in recovery efforts to assist. Previously, PEMA would rely on
employees from other agencies or hire contractors to perform this work.
As the projects are completed and the caseload diminishes, the retirees are
deactivated until the next disaster. This approach costs approximately $1
million less per month during a disaster response, and has resulted in
cumulative savings of over $22 million.
Surveying Technology Improvements
PennDOT is using
state-of-the-art techniques to increase the productivity of its field
surveyors. By using cell phone towers, GPS satellites and other
infrastructure to provide “virtual” reference points, and transmitting data to
a remote computer via satellite, survey operations that previously required two
or more staff and significant processing work can be done today by a single
person. The improvements have saved PennDOT $1.3 million.
Board of Probation & Parole (PBPP)
technology and employee collaboration to streamline field paperwork and
modernize processes, including arrest procedures, reports and other
forms. For example, agents used to be required to carry hardcopy field
books. Today, these books are stored, carried and accessed electronically
via laptops in the field. These efforts have saved PBPP over $428,000 in
their first year.
Insurance Department consolidated its Bureau of Life Insurance and Bureau of
Accident and Health Insurance in order to achieve operational efficiencies,
promote knowledge sharing and improve customer service. Although the
bureaus performed similar work, they could not share staff and other resources.
The new bureau has saved $400,000 through staffing efficiencies and enhanced
in Paper Filings and Use of e-Filing
Public Utility Commission (PUC)
The PUC has
eliminated regulatory requirements to submit multiple copies (anywhere from
three to 15 copies) of filings to the commission. The PUC has also
implemented a comprehensive case and document management system that allows
staff and external users to electronically access filings. The “Paperless
PUC” initiative is saving over $250,000 annually.
Simplification for Older Adult Daily Living Centers/Adult Training Facilities
approximately 100 facilities in Pennsylvania that are licensed by the
Department of Aging and the Department of Public Welfare. Rather than
have both agencies conduct similar inspections of the same facilities, the
Aging Department now allows these facilities to apply for a waiver from its
inspections. To date, approximately 80 facilities have applied for the waiver,
saving the department over $150,000 annually.
of Corporations and Charities Bureaus
The majority of
charities registered in Pennsylvania are non-profit corporations. By combining
the Corporations Bureau and the Bureau of Charitable Organizations, the
Department of State was able to streamline processes, cut expenditures, and
consolidate the registration functions of the two bureaus to save $130,000
Enforcement Detail (Operation Code R.E.D.)
Department of Agriculture & Pennsylvania State
state law, the Agriculture Department has the authority to inspect refrigerated
food trucks, but not to pull them over. By teaming up with State Police for
targeted enforcement efforts, Operation Code R.E.D. strengthens the
department’s ability to ensure that the foods that the public purchases from
restaurants and retailers arrive safe and fresh. The initiative has also
trained State Police troopers on proper food sanitation on refrigerated trucks,
giving them the knowledge to identify food code violations and issue citations.
Kids Mobile Website
Public Welfare (DPW)
that nearly 40 percent of all visits to the Statewide Adoption and Permanency
Network (SWAN) website, adoptpakids.org, are from mobile devices, and that the
website did not perform well on these devices, DPW launched a mobile-friendly
version. The mobile website is more user-friendly for families and also
allows child welfare workers to use the website while visiting prospective or
approved adoptive families.
Chizmar, Governor’s Office, 717-783-1116
Egan, Office of Administration, 717-772-4237