GO-TIME: Department of Corrections Saves $500,000 by Reducing Inmate Transportation Costs

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter GO-TIME: Department of Corrections Saves $500,000 by Reducing Inmate Transportation Costs Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Criminal Justice Reform,  Efficiency,  GO-TIME,  Government That Works,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Corrections is saving more than $500,000 a year in transportation costs by temporarily relocating inmates receiving radiation treatment to a single facility.“Here is another example of how my administration is making government more efficient and saving taxpayer dollars,” Governor Wolf said. “From our prisons to our mailrooms, we’re focused on changing the way business is conducted to assure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely, redundancies are eliminated and customer interactions – in-person, online and by phone – at all levels are improved.”In 2015, the DOC began consolidating inmate radiation treatment cases at the State Correctional Institution at Somerset.Relocating inmates from throughout the DOC to this prison during the course of their radiation treatments reduces the costs associated with transporting inmates to various medical facilities across the state.Through an agreement with Somerset Hospital, DOC inmates are transferred from other state prisons to SCI Somerset where they are then transported – on an out-patient basis – to the local hospital to receive their radiation treatments, resulting in a cost savings for taxpayers.“DOC officials again prove that government works and that it works at saving taxpayer money.  This consolidation of inmates uses DOC resources, specifically transportation officers and vehicles, more efficiently,” Corrections Secretary John Wetzel said.  “It is so effective that we have already achieved an annual net savings of $528,600.”This initiative was one of several concepts submitted by the DOC to the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Modernization and Efficiency (GO-TIME), created by Gov. Tom Wolf in 2015.  GO-TIME leverages inter-agency coordination and collaboration to maximize efficiency, modernize state government operations and provide the highest quality services.Dr. Paul Noel, clinical services director for the DOC’s Bureau of Health Care Services, and his staff identified the savings and partnered with SCI Somerset Superintendent Trevor Wingard and his employees, Wetzel said.“I am extremely proud of our employees who are committed to providing appropriate care to our inmates in a fiscally responsible way,” he said.DOC staff reviewed all off-site trips for this specific medical treatment and determined that housing inmates at one facility would improve efficiencies and reduce transportation costs.Between April 2015 and April 2016, 491 inmates were treated at SCI Somerset. By moving a number of cases to SCI Somerset, officials discovered that the number of trips could be reduced through consolidation, and the need for lengthy trips would be reduced.  Some trips were averaging 4½ hours in length due to the location of the prison from the medical facility.GO-TIME works with agencies, boards and commissions to identify opportunities to share resources, collaborate and engage employees in transformation. GO-TIME also seeks partnerships with external entities to bring new ideas and best practices into state government.To date, GO-TIME has identified over 200 projects with cost savings and other benefits, putting the office well on its way to meeting Governor Wolf’s goal of saving $150 million in the 2015-16 fiscal year. Pennsylvanians can track GO-TIME’s progress at https://governor.pa.gov/go-time/. May 09, 2016last_img read more

3,000 Seating Arena for Lagos 2016 Africa Beach Soccer Nations Cup

first_imgAs part of effort to ensure convenience for participants in the 2016 Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the tournament is constructing a 3,000 capacity seating Arena.The Beach Soccer Nations Cup, a championship of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), will hold in Lagos at the Eko Atlantic City from 13-18 December.Chairman, Sub Committee on Facilities for the competition, Mr Bolaji Yusuf said the organizers identified the Eko Atlantic City, which is closed to the Palace of Oniru on Victoria Island, as a situable site for the event, adding that for the convenience of players, officials and fans, a 3,000 seating Arena comprises 120 VVIP seats, 500 VIP seats and 1,400 regular seats with rooms for referee’s lounge, players, dressing room, medical points, doping control centre, CAF/LOC centre, media centre, training pitch and fans zone for entertainment will be constructed before the kickoff date of the championship. Yusuf, who is the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on sports Facilities to the Governor of Lagos State said: “Special security has been inculcated into the building plan to ensure adequate security for the tournament.“The site has been cleared and floodlights are expected to arrive the country in the next couple of days as they had been pre-ordered.“The Arena will be ready to host the eight nations and give residents and visitors an experience to savour for a very long time,” he said.Nigeria will face Egypt, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire in Group A of the competition, while defending champions Madagascar will battle Libya, Morocco and Senegal in Group B.The tournament will serves as Africa’s qualifying event for the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup taking place in The Bahamas.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more