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Division of Emergency Management and Department of Juvenile Justice Create More Than $5 Million in Taxpayer Savings


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 22, 2013

 

Contact:
Meghan Speakes
850.921.5900 or 850.544.5387
meghan.speakes@djj.state.fl.us



Division of Emergency Management and Department of Juvenile Justice Create More Than $5 Million in Taxpayer Savings
Agencies retain quality services at a better value for Florida families

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Management Services (DMS) announced today that two state agencies have been selected as the latest recipients of Gov. Rick Scott’s “Governor’s Savings Award.” The Division of Emergency Management (DEM) and the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) demonstrated their commitment to answering Gov. Rick Scott’s request for increased government efficiencies. Through strategic contract renegotiations, these agencies produced more than $5 million in cost savings and added services.

Governor Scott said, “The more efficient we make state government, the more value we add to services, which improves the quality of life for every Florida family. The Department of Emergency Management Services and the Department of Juvenile Justice have done a great job in ensuring each and every taxpayer dollar is used as effectively as possible. With these savings, we’re able to keep the cost of living low and make targeted investments in education, so we can grow jobs and opportunities for Florida families.”

The Division of Emergency Management renegotiated nine contracts concerning disaster response, including staffing and broadcasting services, for a combined savings of more than $2.4 million. As a result of the Governor’s Enterprise Vendor Performance Management initiative, the Department of Juvenile Justice successfully renegotiated 19 contracts to reduce overall costs and increase services at no cost to the state. These negotiations generated $2.8 million in savings.

The Division of Emergency Management

The Division of Emergency Management renegotiated several contracts for lower state term contract rates for disaster response and recovery and information technology staff vendors. The resulting savings are based on the value of additional services added to the contracts. DEM’s renegotiated contract for broadcasting services will satisfy a Legislature-mandated project requiring a 3-to-1 ratio of free public announcements, such as hurricane awareness and “Get a PLAN” messages, for the safety of Floridians. The projected cost savings equal $500,000 over a one-year period.

“I’m pleased that the Division of Emergency Management is being recognized by Governor Scott for ensuring the best value for services provided to the citizens of Florida,” said FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon. “I am proud of the hard work of our team and their dedication to customer service, and we will continue to look for ways to conserve funds for the State of Florida, as well as being good stewards of our tax dollars.”


The Department of Juvenile Justice

The Department of Juvenile Justice renegotiated its contracts involving the provision of services to delinquent youth. These services include: a moderate-risk residential program for boys, increased on-site nursing and sick call services at residential facilities, and probation services. The new contracts achieved $2.8 million in savings, to be realized over a three- to four-year period.   


“Reforming juvenile justice in Florida also means reforming the way our agency does business so that the needs of troubled youth come first,” said DJJ Secretary Wansley Walters. “With contactors providing many of our services to youth, it is vital that we remain good stewards of the public’s money by managing our contracting and procurement process as carefully and efficiently as possible. I am pleased our hard work on behalf of Florida’s taxpayers and families is paying off.”


A
bout the “Governor’s Savings Award”

The “Governor’s Savings Award” honors state government employees and partnering private-sector companies that work together in the interest of identifying cost savings and avoidances while increasing the effectiveness of government operations. 

Since its launch in mid-October 2012, 14 agencies and more than 33 private sector businesses have been lauded for their efforts, which have resulted in a total of more than $117 million in savings and value-added services for Florida’s taxpayers.

Because of its role as a lead agency in fostering statewide strategies for greater efficiencies, the Department of Management Services helps to track and identify candidates who meet the award criteria for the Governor’s consideration. The awards are presented to recipients in a quarterly reception at the Governor’s Mansion. 

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The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) strives to increase public safety by reducing juvenile delinquency, strengthening families and turning around the lives of troubled youth. To learn more, visit www.djj.state.fl.us and follow us on www.twitter.com/fladjj, www.facebook.com/fladjj and http://www.youtube.com/FLDJJ



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