DBPR Employees Recognized for Saving More Than $129 Million
April 11, 2014
Agency earns 16 awards for cost-saving measures
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida TaxWatch recognized more than 50 Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) employees for their cost savings efforts in this year’s 2014 Prudential Productivity Awards. Across the agency, 16 awards were presented to various individuals and teams of employees accounting for cost savings of more than $129 million to the state and Florida businesses.
“I am extremely proud of the work these public servants have done above and beyond their assigned duties to better serve the people of our great state,” said DBPR Secretary Ken Lawson. “These awards recognize state employees and work units whose work significantly and measurably increased productivity and promoted innovation to improve the delivery of state services and save money for Florida taxpayers and businesses.”
The majority of the cost-saving improvements are focused on streamlining application and license renewal processes. Allowing businesses and professionals to submit their applications online instead of by mail decreases processing times and enables businesses and professionals to begin operating and earning revenue faster. For example, one award was presented to a cross-functional team for streamlining the construction and cosmetology application processes and making the forms easier to understand. Their adjustments reduced application deficiency rates, eliminated unnecessary barriers to licensure and generated $76.7 million in additional revenue for both industries combined for the last 12 months.
Other improvements recognized this year included a department-wide application deficiency notification program, increased unlicensed activity enforcement and reduced license processing times for Hotels and Restaurants through enhanced plan review management. Another new paperless method allows inspectors across the state to complete and modify their inspection reports through an iPad app which are immediately sent to office staff and division management through email, saving time and postage costs.
The annual Prudential 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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