Harrisburg – Governor Corbett announced today
that Pennsylvania’s Office of Administration has received national awards in
all three categories for leadership, innovation and communication in state
human resource management.
National Association of State Personnel Executives (NASPE) recognized
Pennsylvania in all three categories of its 2014 awards program. Pennsylvania
is the first state to have swept all award categories in one year.
proud to be a leader among states in the management of human resources, and
these awards are a reflection of the many efforts undertaken by my
administration to operate government as effectively and efficiently as we can,”
Corbett said. “Over the past three and a half years, we have achieved over $690
million in cost savings and productivity gains through innovations like these."
The Office of Administration earned the Eugene H. Rooney, Jr. Leadership and
Innovative Program Awards, as well as the Eva N. Santos Communications
in memory of a former NASPE president, the Rooney Awards recognize individuals
who exemplify the character, qualities and influence that Rooney had on state
personnel administration, and innovative state human resource management
practices that ensure access and equity while enhancing productivity and
former NASPE president, sought through her leadership to recognize excellence
in state government human resource communication.
resource development and management is a top issue for state government leaders
across the nation,” said Secretary of Administration Kelly Powell Logan.
“Pennsylvania is facing many of these challenges head-on, while also providing
leadership and best practices that can benefit other public sector
human resource management leaders have earned the respect of their peers around
the country by implementing practical, yet innovative, approaches to address
timely state government workforce issues,” said Leslie Scott, Executive
Director of NASPE.
recognized Pennsylvania for the following:
Program Award – Disability Retirement Outreach
telephone-based outreach program provides employees who apply for disability
retirement pensions through the State Employees’ Retirement System with the
information and resources to apply for Social Security Disability insurance
(SSDi), a program of which many employees are unaware.
In addition to producing an estimated $28 million in savings over the next 10
years for the commonwealth, the program also benefits employees who ultimately
are approved for SSDi benefits.
Award - Employee Onboarding
orientation and standardized onboarding process for new hires has resulted in
over $1 million in annual cost savings and productivity gains, while also
improving employee readiness, engagement and satisfaction.
Upon accepting a job offer, new hires receive a link to a secure portal where
they can enroll in benefits, establish direct deposit and read and acknowledge
workplace policies. The onboarding system is also used to initiate the creation
of employee email accounts, badges and other credentials, and interfaces with
the federal E-Verify system to confirm employment
Leadership Award – James Honchar, Office of Administration
Mr. Honchar has served as Deputy Secretary for Human Resource Management
since 2007 and has worked in human resources for the commonwealth for 27 years.
During his tenure, Honchar has championed the use of technology in human
resources to improve information and services to state employees. Through
initiatives such as the HR Service Center and Onboarding, OA has dramatically
improved the consistency and quality of HR services to employees, while
simultaneously delivering cost savings to taxpayers.
information on the awards program and winning submissions, visit www.naspe.net.
Media contact: Dan Egan, Office of Administration, 717-772-4237