As the recent slight loosening of Pennsylvania’s liquor laws seems to indicate, the commonwealth is moving into the 21st century. And with his new GO-TIME digitization initiative beginning to take hold, Gov. Tom Wolf hopes to get it there before the 22nd.
So far, initiative, short for Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Modernization and Efficiency, appears to be more than a catchy buzz phrase—it is actually speeding the heretofore glacial pace of state bureaucracy in Harrisburg.
And it is already saving money. According to Wolf’s office, During the 2015-2016 fiscal year, which ended in June, modernized operations, and shared resources across and among departments increased efficiency, improved service and reduced costs to the tune of $156 million.
The bulk of these savings comes from digitizing the voluminous paper records various offices use, augment, transfer and store. By digitizing the 1.2 million documents related to the state’s 73,000 paid employee records, Secretary of Administration Sharon Minnich said her office will save $30,000 a year.