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

Friday July 10th Local Sports

first_imgHAMPTON — The Hampton-Dumont-CAL softball season has come to an end due to a positive case of COVID-19. Athletic Director Christi Weiser says the individual was involved in strength and conditioning on Wednesday morning and the families of those deemed to have been in close contact with the individual were contacted on Thursday. Weiser says the season was cancelled due to the fact that the post-season starts next week and there’s not enough time for the testing and quarantining needed to continue the season. The Bulldog baseball team was not impacted by the positive test result and their season will continue as planned. IOWA FALLS — PJ Feuerbach knocked in a pair of runs in the top of the eighth to give Clear Lake a 7-5 win at Iowa Falls-Alden last night in North Central Conference baseball, as you heard on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB and kribam.com. Clear Lake improves to 9-5 overall and finishes 4-2 in conference play. They’ll travel to Waverly-Shell Rock tonight. CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – In an effort to balance a budget shortfall that is expected to exceed $1 million resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Northern Iowa Department of Athletics is implementing several cost-saving measures which began July 1.UNI Athletics staff and coaches will take temporary salary reductions for fiscal year ’21, as part of expense saving measures. Additionally, all contract incentives for head coaches and Director of Athletics David Harris have been suspended for the fiscal year.Harris says they understand that these temporary reductions will be challenging for staff and coaches, and they feel fortunate to have a team of staff members that understand the unprecedented situation that they face. He says their goals are to minimize the impact to student-athletes, protect human resources and emerge from this pandemic on strong fiscal footing. ATLANTA — Former Newman and NIACC baseball standout Bryce Ball has been added to the Atlanta Braves’ 60-man player pool for the upcoming season. Ball was a 24th-round pick by the Braves in last year’s draft and has made his way up through the minors, hitting .329 with 17 homers and 52 runs batted in combined with rookie-level Danville and Single-A Rome. Ball is currently ranked as the Braves’ #16 prospect by Baseball America. With minor league baseball cancelled this year due to COVID-19, Ball will likely be part of a group of players that exist as a sort-of “taxi squad” that will be brought in to camp to train and play intersquad games. ALGONA — Newman pounded out 12 hits in an 11-5 non-conference baseball win at Algona last night. Max Burt had a homer and four runs batted in to lead the Knights. Newman is 13-4 overall and will end the regular season hosting South Winneshiek tonight before starting 1A district baseball play hosting North Iowa on Saturday night. SATURDAY:AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — 1A District Baseball Quarterfinals at Newman = 4:30 — Central Springs vs. Lake Mills= 7:00 — Newman vs. North Iowacenter_img IOWA CITY — For the first time since 1976, there will be no Iowa-Iowa State football game.The Big Ten announced it will be moving to a conference only schedule for football and other fall sports. That would force the cancelation of the Cyclone-Hawkeye game set to be played in Iowa City on September 12th.University of Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta says they fully support the actions taken by the Big Ten Conference, knowing that the health, safety, and wellness of student-athletes, coaches, and staff is the top priority. He says the past few months have entailed numerous conversations between conference colleagues, Commissioner Warren and the Big Ten presidents, as they have worked to navigate the challenges associated with this pandemic.The schedule change also means Iowa’s September 5th opener at home against UNI will be canceled as will a third home game against Northern Illinois. — High school softball Thursday nightNewman vs. Central Springs — postponed to MondayIowa Falls-Alden 8, West Fork 5Estherville Lincoln Central 12, Lake Mills 2Estherville Lincoln Central 8, Bishop Garrigan 3 — Post-season play starts for Class 1A and 2A baseball teams on Saturday evening with district quarterfinal round games:== 1A District 3 at Newman (both games on AM-1300 KGLO & kgloam.com)4:30 — Central Springs vs. Lake Mills7:00 — Newman vs. North Iowa== 1A District 3 at Sheffield4:30 — Northwood-Kensett vs. West Hancock7:00 — West Fork vs. AGWSR== 1A District 5 at St. Ansgar4:30 — Janesville vs. Dunkerton7:00 — St. Ansgar vs. Clarksville== 1A District 5 at Rockford4:30 — Nashua-Plainfield vs. Riceville7:00 — Rockford vs. North Butler== 2A District 3 at Garner4:30 — North Union vs. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows7:00 — Garner-Hayfield-Ventura vs. Emmetsburg== 2A District 6 at New Hampton4:30 — Osage vs. North Fayette Valley7:00 — Waukon vs. Sumner-Fredericksburg — other baseball Thursday nightEstherville Lincoln Central 9, Lake Mills 0Aplington-Parkersburg 11, North Butler 1Humboldt 9, Bishop Garrigan 6last_img read more