Suncoast DCF Employees Recognized with Prudential Productivity Awards

For Immediate Release: February 26, 2015

Suncoast DCF Employees Recognized with Prudential Productivity Awards
Winners recognized for their work improving the delivery of services, saving money for Florida taxpayers and businesses

TAMPA – Over a dozen Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) employees from the SunCoast Region – 16 in all - have been awarded 2015 Prudential Productivity Awards for improving delivery of services to children, vulnerable adults and families while protecting taxpayer dollars. The honors, awarded by Florida TaxWatch and financial services company Prudential, recognize productive public servants who use innovative approaches to delivering government services. Statewide, DCF received 31 Prudential Productivity Awards.

“Every day DCF employees use innovative approaches to produce better results for our communities throughout our region,” SunCoast Regional Managing Director Lisa Mayrose said. “I’m proud their efforts to make a difference for families while lowering costs for Floridians are being recognized.”

Some of the local DCF initiatives that won honors include:

• SunCoast’s Public Benefits Integrity Fraud Team saved taxpayers $5.7 million with thorough investigations, public record searches and the utilization of an extensive database in order to disqualify fraudulent cases within public assistance programs.

• Administrative disqualification process that provided for increased efficiency and productivity for the streamlining of disqualification when clients provide false information to receive public assistance benefits.

• Simplified and standardized fair hearings process that resulted in efficiencies gained and improved customer service for clients appealing a benefits eligibility decision. .

More than 500 nominations were submitted that contributed to productivity improvements, cost avoidances and increased revenue for state government. Since 1989, award winners have produced more than $8.7 billion worth of added value to state government. For more information on the Prudential Productivity Awards and a full list of award winners, visit: www.floridataxwatch.org/prudpa.aspx

Media Contact: Natalie Harrell, DCF SunCoast Region Communications Director, 813-337-5854

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