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State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott
Governor

David E. Wilkins
Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1, 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: DCF Communications
(850) 488-4855

DCF Recognized for Improving Government with Several
Prudential – Davis Productivity Awards

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – The Department of Children and Families (DCF) announced 60 winners of the 2011 Prudential – Davis Productivity awards. These awards recognize state employees for dedication to increase productivity, promote innovation and save Florida taxpayers money.

"I appreciate our employees' efforts to improve efficiencies by finding innovative ways to cut cost while providing Florida’s children and families with critical services," DCF Secretary David Wilkins said. "Throughout the year our employees will continue to be responsible stewards of Florida tax dollars."

The winners received cash awards ranging from $200 to $1,500, as well as commemorative plaques, certificates of commendation and letters of honorable mention. The 2011 awards competition attracted 570 nominations for innovations and productivity improvements worth $473 million in cost savings, cost avoidances and increased revenue for state government. Over the past 23 years, award winners have posted a total of $7 billion in added value for Florida taxpayers and businesses.

The program is chaired by Florida's Lt. Governor and co-sponsored by Florida TaxWatch, The Florida Council of 100, and the State of Florida. In addition to Prudential's generous support, numerous corporate, individual and philanthropic contributors supplement the awards program.

DCF's cash awardees are listed below:

  • Remote Data Capture for Case Managers Team: The 20-member Remote Date Capture for Case Managers Team developed and implemented a first in the nation solution that provides secure remote software tools for child welfare workers to use in the field. It is now possible for case workers to use their mobile phones and laptops to document information during home child visits saving time traveling to their respective offices. The estimated savings is $2,018,013. The team earned $1,500 in a cash prize.
  • Compkit Workgroup: Fifty-one Florida State Hospital employees created an educational approach to help mentally ill defendants gain competency to proceed to trail. This new competency program called CompKit has been cited as the gold standard for trial competency training and presently informs competency recovery from New York to New Zealand. The team was awarded $1,500.
  • Florida Recovery Reporting System Team: The team won $500 by developing a centralized technology platform to provide all state agencies allocated with award funds to enter, track and report on awards. This centralization process ensured a consistent method of state reporting and data submission to meet federal reporting requirements and track accountability of these funds.
  • Central Region Program Office Dashboard Team: The team won $500 by developing an interactive dashboard containing key performance measures. Having a single source for date saves senior leader and other managers 3,744 hours per year.
  • Gainesville Customer Service Team: This five-member clerical team was given access to review cases so they can answer customer's case specific questions. They developed a form to identify customer needs, assure customers are served in the order they came in and reduced the need for supervisory involvement. The result has been that supervisors are seldom interrupted to see customers, calls into the overloaded call center were reduced and customers are served quickly and accurately. The team was awarded $500.
  • Prisoner Fraud Prevention Team: The five-member team identified potential fraud and took action to stop fraudulent benefits in profiled cases. They developed processes to efficiently check for prisoner fraud and organized a desk review based on fraud profiles. In a four month period, 212 fraudulent cases were denied benefits and 633 cases were reduced or cancelled resulting in a savings of $766,822. The team was awarded $500.
  • Undocumented Client Team: The two-member team assisted an elderly individual with no family or official identification to establish eligibility for benefits. They completed extensive research in an effort to obtain an official identification and worked with local providers to ensure he had a place to live and necessary care. The savings totaled $25,736 and the team was awarded $500.
  • Consolidated Data Workbook: Mr. Jim Rood took home a cash prize worth $400 by combining data from numerous systems to create a consolidated data workbook. This new report reduces the time spent by staff creating data reports and allows users to easily access the information.
  • Reduction in Waiver Funding through Home Health Visits: In less than one year, Ms. Janis McCord saved $50,310 in Medicaid Waiver funding by requiring the contracted case management agency to conduct home health visits for the clients. Ms. McCord was awarded $200 for her efforts to track billing and request reimbursement when errors are made.

Click here for a complete list of the Department's award recipients.

The award ceremonies will be held at the following locations:

TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2011 TALLAHASSEE – KICKOFF
Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center

505 West Pensacola Street
Awards Luncheon: 11:30 – 1:30 p.m.

MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2011
JACKSONVILLE
Omni Hotel – Downtown

245 Water Street
Awards presented at Rotary Club Luncheon:
12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.
Web Site: www.omnihotels.com

TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2011
GAINESVILLE
Best Western Gateway Grand

4200 NW 97th Boulevard
Awards Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Web Site: www.bestwestern.com/gatewaygrand

THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2011
FT. LAUDERDALE
Ft. Lauderdale Marriott North

6650 North Andrews Avenue
Awards Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Web Site: www.marriott.com

FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011
TAMPA
Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport

4400 West Cypress Street
Awards Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Web Site: www.starwoodhotels.com

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