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, 2016
Martinez, 40, began his managerial career at Swansea and came to Everton’s attention during a successful four-year stint at Wigan, which was capped by last year’s stunning FA Cup victory. He initially moved to Everton on a four-year contract and immediately promised to bring Champions League football to the club, a target he narrowly missed out on in his first season. His efforts, however, did secure European competition for the first time since 2010 via the Europa League. Martinez’s new deal commits him to Everton until 2019, on presumably improved terms, and ends immediate speculation linking him with a move elsewhere. Martinez said: “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to make a further commitment to Everton. “I loved my first season at the club. I could not be more proud of the way Everton performed throughout the entire season and the memories we were able to make together. “I am really excited about next season. I knew from the moment I arrived at Everton that this was a special place and I’d like to thank everyone associated with the club, the board, all the staff, the players and our brilliant supporters for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to build on the traditions and success of this great club.” Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright was reluctant to lose Moyes to Manchester United last year but believes he has found a superb replacement. Press Association Everton manager Roberto Martinez has signed a new five-year contract, the club have announced. Kenwright said: “In many commentators’ eyes, Roberto Martinez is the best young manager in Europe. We agree. “He took on an unfamiliar challenge for most managers – to take something really good and make it even better. “He has succeeded. In his debut season he broke our Premier League record points haul, got us back into Europe and developed some of the most exciting young footballers in the game. “He conducts himself off the pitch in the same way. He undertakes his business with great style, confidence, positivity and class. He is an Everton man. “There is no magical ingredient to what we do at Everton. We’re a football club and we recognise the fundamental importance of our manager. “And, when we find our man, we empower him. We support and provide him with everything at our disposal. We commit to our managers, and we’re immensely pleased that Roberto has committed to us. We want the best because only the best will do. “Unswervingly, we trust Roberto Martinez to take our club forward.” The Spaniard, who took over from David Moyes at Goodison Park last summer, has been rewarded for an impressive first season in charge. Under Martinez, Everton finished fifth in the Barclays Premier League with their record points tally in the competition.