TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is streamlining its processes, using the latest technology and saving Florida taxpayers millions of dollars by conducting business in new ways. In all, there were 198 DEP employees among this year’s recipients, including nine individual award recipients. Additionally, the Florida Park Service’s entire Southwest District was recognized for their increased productivity and improved efficiencies. DEP was recognized for all of the 41 nominations we submitted this year, representing a total of $12,499,740 in cost savings and added value to the state of Florida.
Local individual and team recipients were honored for their innovation today at the 2010 Davis Productivity Awards Kick-Off ceremony in Tallahassee. Other DEP employees will receive awards in similar ceremonies in Gainesville, Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando, and Miami. This year’s Prudential-Davis Productivity Awards program was chaired by Lieutenant Governor Jeff Kottkamp.
Awards were given for such accomplishments as streamlining the process to complete the acquisition of 55,247 acres in Picayune Strand; assembling a team for an “Exotic Workday” to remove exotic plants from state parks; standardizing fixed-price contracts for information technology projects; streamlining the permit review process through permit forecasting; developing an effective system to manage state lands leases; streamlining the permit data entry process; and “do-it-yourself” renovation of state park structures.
“Through the hard work of these employees, we are improving government efficiency and saving money while improving services and environmental protection,” said DEP Secretary Michael W. Sole. “I would like to thank our dedicated staff for their award-winning efforts and their outstanding commitment to the public we serve.”
The Davis Productivity Awards, sponsored by the State of Florida, Florida TaxWatch, Prudential Financial and the Florida Council of 100, celebrates its 22nd year of recognizing state government employees whose work measurably increases productivity, improves government services and saves taxpayer money. Since 1989, award winners have generated a total of $6.7 billion added value. Overall, nearly 587 nominations were submitted this year for innovations and productivity improvements totaling $415 million in cost savings, cost avoidances and increased revenue for state government.
For more information about the Davis Productivity Awards and a complete list of this year’s winners, visit www.floridataxwatch.org.
For more information on DEP, visit www.dep.state.fl.us.
"Through the hard work of these employees, we are improving government efficiency and saving money while improving services and environmental protection."
Michael W. Sole
Last updated: June 04, 2010