Harrisburg – Seven state agencies are being
recognized for reducing costs, increased productivity and improving service by
the Governor’s Innovation Office.
awards were presented earlier this morning at the second annual Governor’s
Innovation Expo in the Keystone Building in Harrisburg.
just a few examples of how my administration is working to make state
government more effective and efficient,” said Corbett. “I congratulate the
agencies and their employees for these accomplishments.”
The expo will feature informational displays, as well as in-depth presentations
by agencies competing for the Innovation of the Year awards. The winners of
both competitions will be decided by panels of guest judges from the private
sector and academia, and will be announced later today.
state agencies have completed 275 innovation initiatives worth a combined $690
million in cost savings and productivity gains.
Department of Labor
This partnership between the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Department of
Labor & Industry’s (L & I) Office of Integrity has reclaimed millions
of dollars in Unemployment Compensation benefits collected by means of fraud.
The program allows L & I to intercept the federal income tax refunds of
individuals who collected benefits to which they were not entitled. To date,
more than $46.2 million has been recovered for the state’s Unemployment
Compensation Trust Fund, ensuring that benefits are available for those
Pennsylvanians eligible to receive them.
Agency Consolidation Initiative
Department of Banking and PA Securities Commission
As a result of this merger in Oct. 2012, two of the key state financial
services regulatory agencies have been placed together to provide a seamless,
one-stop shop for Pennsylvania's financial services institutions, consumers and
investors. Cost savings and efficiencies were gained through the consolidation
of leased space and office locations and eliminated duplicative expenses. This
innovation generated $2.6 million in savings in its first year.
Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Training Coordination
and Boat Commission, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Department of
Military and Veterans Affairs (PA Army National Guard)
has one of the top swift water and flood rescue teams in the nation, and
training is vital to maintaining these specialized skills. By using their
existing flying hour budgets for annual training, the three agencies have
eliminated the need to seek additional funding support to train the PA-HART
teams. This initiative saved $497,840 in flight training hours in 2013.
Natural History Lab Collaboration
of Conservation and Natural Resources & Pennsylvania Historical and Museum
DCNR needed more space for its natural scientists to conduct their
activities and research. PHMC needed scientists to staff its natural history
laboratory and the storage facilities at The State Museum. By pooling their
resources, the two agencies are able to save money, use the available lab space
more efficiently, consolidate their collections and use staff time more
effectively. The result is a collaboration that is saving $50,000 each
In partnership with the PA Office of General Counsel, this program provides
specially trained, neutral, volunteer mediators to help resolve employment
discrimination complaints quickly, avoiding lengthy investigations and hearings
or court. Mediation enables parties to reach a voluntary agreement that
satisfies both parties. The program has saved more than $100,000.
To learn more about innovation in state government or to submit your own idea,
go to www.innovation.pa.gov.
contact: Dan Egan,
Office of Administration, 717-772-4237