GO-TIME Releases Annual Report Highlighting Efforts to Save over $156 Million for Taxpayers

first_img December 09, 2016 GO-TIME Releases Annual Report Highlighting Efforts to Save over $156 Million for Taxpayers Efficiency,  GO-TIME,  Government That Works,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – The Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME) has published its first ever annual report of accomplishments in the 2015-16 fiscal year, including projects that helped state government improve productivity and efficiency while saving over $156 million for taxpayers. By taking on the status quo, Governor has made government more efficient and responsive while saving hundreds of millions. He is going to continue to fix state government and make a government that works by leveraging inter-agency coordination and collaboration to maximize efficiency, modernize operations, and provide the highest quality services to Pennsylvania.“In a short period of time, GO-TIME has mobilized state agencies to achieve millions in savings through efforts to modernize operations, increase collaboration and reduce costs throughout government,” said Governor Wolf. “At the same time, the office is laying the groundwork for future success through continuous improvement and employee engagement.”Last month, GO-TIME announced the launch of a new continuous process improvement program based on Lean practices to engage employees to make their work processes easier, faster and more cost effective while improving service to the people that they serve. One of the first process improvement initiatives is focusing on a backlog of over 1,400 applications for clemency, commutation and pardons.The report highlights key initiatives that contributed to the Governor’s goal of $150 million in savings for 15/16 and will continue to produce even more savings in the years to come.  GO-TIME is currently working towards a new goal of $500 million in savings by 2020. These initiatives include:Over 250,000 Pennsylvanians Have Registered to Vote Online in Less Than a YearPennDOT to Save More Than $28 Million with New Mobile Construction AppExpedited Medicaid Processing Initiative Results in $3.5 Million More in Drug and Alcohol Treatment ServicesMail Optimization Savings Exceed $1 Million and Make Significant Reductions in Mail Processing, Delivery TimesDepartment of Aging Improves Access Services at Senior Community CenterHuman Relations Commission Offers Online Employment Discrimination FilingDCNR Online Reservation Provides Innovation for Campers, Cost Savings at State Parks Across PAPA Parole Board Saves Money, Improves Productivity through Digitalization of Offender FilesDepartment of Corrections, Temple University Hospital Partnership Saves Costs, Improves Offender Post-Release Medical CareInsurance Department Finds Mcare SavingsIn addition to the report, data on all 2015-16 GO-TIME projects is available at OpenDataPA at data.pa.gov,GO-TIME has also hosted events to foster resource and information sharing across agencies and expose managers to innovative practices that are achieving positive results in other organizations. GO-TIME will also work with agencies to implement continuous improvement programs to create more efficient processes and improve customer service.To learn more about GO-TIME, visit www.governor.pa.gov/go-time.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Batesville Track

first_imgAt our first football game, I was amazed to see how much the track has continued to deteriorate.  The rubber has gotten so thin on most of the track that some of the lines are barely visible.  This is the least of the problems of practicing and running on this track.Last year the Batesville track athletes who had to practice on this surface were constantly battling chin problems which in several cases led to stress fractures in the lower leg.  Two hurdlers fell on the track and both received concussions.  The severity of these concussions kept them out for several weeks.  This surface is basically now nothing more than running on asphalt.I am hoping that something is done before the next track season because the Batesville track program deserves to have a facility worthy of their talents.  Right now it is close to being embarrassing.  Last year it cost Batesville the privilege of hosting the conference which, by the way, they lost by less than 10 points.last_img read more

Real Madrid coach praises Vinicius Junior despite lack of goals

first_imgMadrid: Real Madrid’s Argentine head coach Santiago Solari has defended Brazilian forward Vinicius Junior against criticism over the player’s lack of goal scoring.The 18-year-old Vinicius has played well recently, so well in fact that his national team has called the young player up to compete against Panama on March 23 and the Czech Republic on March 26 in place of Neymar. Yet despite the forward’s talent he has failed to do the most important thing any player can do; score goals, reports Efe news.“I like to look at the positive things that football players do. He has many positive things, such as his youth, freshness, directness, ability,” Solari said of Vinicius at a press conference on Friday.Since joining Madrid in 2018, Vinicius has put in a total of 26 appearances with the first team across all competitions and his play has made the Brazilian a headache for opposing coaches to plan against.“There are so many things in such a short space of time. Improving what can be improved is his work and that of those around him. But I look at all the good things,” the Argentine coach added.Yet, the deficit of goals is concerning to fans and pundits alike, as Vinicius has managed to score only three goals this season, the most recent of which came in Madrid’s 3-0 home win over Alaves on February 3.And although he had several scoring chances against Barcelona in Wednesday’s second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-finals, Vinicius was unable to capitalise on any of them.On the other end of the pitch, a clinical Barcelona made the most of a few scoring chances to prevail 3-0 over host Madrid, advancing to the final, in its quest for a record extending 31st Copa del Rey title.Madrid holds the third spot on the La Liga table with 48 points, nine behind leader Barcelona. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more