Governor Wolf Releases GO-TIME Annual Report Highlighting Over $217 Million in Savings for Taxpayers
January 23, 2018
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the release of an annual report highlighting more than $217 million in savings for taxpayers during the 2016-17 fiscal year by the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME).
The governor has challenged his administration to improve productivity and efficiency of state government to deliver more responsible and cost-effective services to the taxpayers of Pennsylvania. He will 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 programs to Pennsylvania.
“In a few short years, we have made tremendous progress to reduces costs and improve efficiency throughout state government,” said Governor Wolf. “Since 2015, these projects have saved more than $373 million and counting. Just as important, we are improving services as we save tax dollars.”
The report highlights key initiatives that contributed to the Governor’s goal of $150 million in savings for 16/17 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. Highlights from 2016-17 include:
- $74 million in savings on the purchase of goods and services by the commonwealth, for a total of $143 million in procurement savings since 2015.
- $23.7 million in savings by preventing fraudulent or erroneous tax refunds by using state-of-the-art analytical software, with estimated savings of $80 million over four years.
- 11.5 percent increase in oil and gas well inspections over last year.
- First-of-its-kind inmate management system developed with Lehigh University, saving nearly $3 million.
- Eliminating outdated paper processes and speeding turnaround time on grant applications at Department of Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, saving a combined $360,000 per year.
- Award-winning cybersecurity services to protect commonwealth data in the cloud and increase efficiency by over $600,000 per year.
- Improve access to vital services for victims of crime and Pennsylvanians who receive assistance benefits by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and the Department of Human Services.
“The value of GO-TIME goes beyond dollars and cents,” said Governor Wolf. “It is about making lasting changes to how state government operates and how we do our work each day to serve the people of Pennsylvania.”
In addition to savings projects, GO-TIME has trained over 300 state employees on continuous process improvement using Lean principles developed by the private sector. Those employees have since completed over 130 projects to eliminate backlogs, reduce wait times and improve service to the public.
GO-TIME also established partnerships with institutions of higher education, including Carnegie Mellon University, Penn State Harrisburg and Temple University, to provide research and analysis support at no cost to state agencies.
Finally, the office worked with state agencies to implement online systems for their employees to submit their ideas for how to save money and improve operations which have received over 700 suggestions.
In addition to the report, data on all 2016-17 GO-TIME projects is available at OpenDataPA at https://data.pa.gov .
To learn more about GO-TIME, visit www.governor.pa.gov/go-time.