DBPR Employees Recognized for Saving More Than $4 Million Through Annual Awards
March 28, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – More than 200 Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) employees today were recognized for their cost savings efforts in this year’s Davis Productivity Awards. Across the agency, 20 awards were presented to various individuals and teams of employees accounting for cost savings of more than $4 million and an estimated $3.3 billion that went back into Florida’s economy by allowing qualified businesses and professionals to begin operating and earning revenue faster.
“I am extremely proud of the work these dedicated public servants have done for the people of our great state,” said DBPR Secretary Ken Lawson. “These awards highlight the efficiencies gained and processes improved so that we may better serve our customers.”
Through several of the Department’s process improvements, the agency is able to more efficiently assist its customers and allow licensees to focus on their businesses and their bottom line. For example, one award was presented to the Division of Hotels and Restaurants for combining the plan review and licensing process for restaurants, allowing applicable businesses to get licenses approximately four days faster. The Department was also recognized for its efforts to streamline professional license processing, reducing the length of time to process a professional license from 41 days in 2008 down to a current average of less than two days.
Other improvements that were recognized this year included reduced document retrieval times, more efficient uses of staff resources rather than third party vendors and developing a tablet inspection solution to speed up restaurant and hotel inspections.
The annual Prudential - Davis Productivity Awards recognize the ingenuity, creativity and dedication of state employees through increased government efficiencies. Cash awards, commemorative plaques and certificates of commendation are presented each year to state employees who clearly exceed their job descriptions and performance expectations in ways that improve service delivery and save money for Florida taxpayers and businesses.
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s mission is to license efficiently and regulate fairly. The Department licenses and regulates more than one million businesses and professionals ranging from hotels and restaurants, real estate agents and accountants to veterinarians, contractors and cosmetologists. For more information, please visit www.MyFloridaLicense.com.
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