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Agencies claim victories in campaign for greater savings and services

TALLAHASSEE, March 20, 2013 – The Florida Department of Management Services (DMS) is pleased to announce the latest “Governor’s Savings Award” winners and their standout contributions to efficiencies and cost savings in state enterprise. The Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), and the Department of Education (DOE) surpassed $28.7 million in collective savings. By implementing cost-prevention strategies, these agencies championed Governor Rick Scott’s mission for more productive government operations statewide.

Governor Scott said, “Our state agencies are always looking for ways to improve services at a better value to taxpayers. Through these efforts, we’ve been able to cut taxes and make targeted investments, which has supported the creation of more the 280,000 private sector jobs over the past two years which is great news for Florida families. Today’s news that DCF, FDLE and DOE have saved more than $28 million for taxpayers means we’re succeeding in our mission to create a more effective and accountable state government.”

The Department of Children and Families renegotiated a contract for electronic benefits and electronic funds transfer services for a total savings of more than $23.3 million. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement renegotiated a data query application contract to achieve nearly $1.7 million in added services. In a line of continued cost cuts from its contract for Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) services, the Department of Education added nearly $3.8 million in savings.

The Department of Children and Families

The Department of Children and Families negotiated a contract to provide procurement of electronic benefits transfer/electronic funds transfer (EBT/EFT) services to vital state programs through DCF’s Economic Self-Sufficiency Services Program Office, following the expiration of the current EBT contract. The contract will actualize nearly $21 million in monetary savings over its lifespan and $2.4 million in added services.

"We are constantly looking for ways to increase quality services for Floridians while decreasing costs," said DCF Secretary David Wilkins. "These EBT savings will bring more efficiencies while providing vital resources for Floridians who need temporary help."

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement renegotiated its contract for the dFACTS (Distributed Factual Analysis Criminal Threat Solution) application to produce more than $1.6 million in added services. The dFACTS application allows queries against commercial public data and separate queries against state-owned data, such as FDLE’s criminal history record file and Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ driver license and vehicle registration data. The Domestic Security Oversight Council will use the savings to fund other priority domestic security projects previously in jeopardy due to the reduction of federal grant funds.

“The money saved from this renegotiation will be used to bolster other FDLE priority initiatives,” said Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey. “These savings will ultimately better protect our communities.”

The Department of Education

The Department of Education accomplished cost savings related to the development of the FCAT assessment. By implementing generic FCAT sample test materials, DOE eliminated the need to update them with each test administration. As a result, there is no longer a need to develop, print or distribute new materials each year. This produced more than $3.7 million in cost savings.

“Investing in our children’s education is investing in the future of our state,” said Commissioner of Education Dr. Tony Bennett. “Every dollar we can save in paperwork or administrative costs is a dollar that can be used in the classroom. Our agency will continue to focus on efficiency so we can invest where it has the biggest impact – our students.”

About the “Governor’s Savings Award”

The “Governor’s Savings Award” honors state government employees and partnering private-sector companies that work together in the interest of identifying cost savings and avoidances while increasing the government effectiveness. Since its launch in mid-October 2012, 17 agencies and more than 36 private sector businesses have been lauded for their efforts, which have resulted in a total of more than $145 million in taxpayer savings.

Because of its role as a lead agency in fostering statewide strategies for greater efficiencies, the Department of Management Services helps to identify candidates who meet the award criteria for the Governor’s consideration. The awards are presented to recipients in a quarterly reception at the Governor’s Mansion.