Department of Children and Families Employees Win
80 Prudential-Davis Productivity Awards for Savings and Efficiencies
Tallahassee, Fla. – Employees of the agency charged with protecting Florida’s most vulnerable citizens, including families in need of economic assistance and children and the elderly who are abused, have been recognized for using their heads to achieve efficiency as well as using their hearts to help people.
Eighty Prudential-Davis Productivity Awards were brought home this year to the Florida Department of Children and Families by employees recognized for their outstanding efforts to do their jobs more effectively and save taxpayer’s money.
“DCF employees are using their heads as well as their hearts to provide essential services to Floridians during the economic recession. I’m very proud of them and the 80 Prudential-Davis Productivity Awards they earned this year,” DCF Secretary George Sheldon said on Wednesday. “DCF is providing a critical safety net for families in need of food and shelter, children in need of a safe home, and people in need of substance abuse, mental health and domestic violence services. We could not do our job without our very effective and efficient employees.”
DCF initiatives recognized by the 2010 Prudential-Davis Productivity Awards included:
- Creation of a K-9 unit at Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee to increase security at the mental health facility. The K-9 unit reduced illegal contraband and drug incidents by 70 percent, escape events by 30 percent and the duration of escape events by 65 percent, with an estimated savings of about $1.3 million. The four-person team behind the K-9 unit received a $700 cash award.
- The Circuit Six ACCESS Management Team in Pasco and Pinellas counties won a "sustained exemplary" team award for focus on quality management strategies and improvement of service delivery for the ACCESS program, which enrolls people eligible for food stamps, cash assistance and Medicaid. The ACCESS redesign initiative in Circuit Six has been a national model for efficient and effective determination of public assistance benefits. The team received the prestigious Eagle award for sustained performance, its 21st Prudential-Davis Productivity Award since 1999.
- The Family In-Home Recovery Support Team helped safely reduce the number of children in foster care by 24 percent in Flagler and Volusia counties in FY 2008-09 when compared to the previous year, resulting in cost savings of $1 million. The team received a $300 cash award.
- The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Investigation Unit was approved for full accreditation. This unit is the first OIG nationwide to achieve accreditation.
The Prudential-Davis Productivity Award program is chaired by Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp and co-sponsored by Florida TaxWatch, The Florida Council of 100, and the State of Florida. Since 1989, the program has publicly recognized and rewarded state employees and work units whose work significantly and measurably increases productivity and promotes innovation to improve the delivery of state services and save money for Florida taxpayers and businesses
Some $415 million in cost savings, cost avoidance and revenue enhancement due to innovations and productivity improvements in all state agencies were recognized by the 2010 Prudential-Davis Productivity Awards, which went to 573 individuals and teams.
The full list of 2010 Prudential-Davis Productivity Award winners is available at: http://www.floridataxwatch.org/resources/pdf/2010NominationsAnnouncementforWeb.pdf