January 24, 2018 GO-TIME: DCED Collaboration Saves $140,000 per Year, Reduces Local Government Paperwork Efficiency, GO-TIME, Government That Works, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – A new system developed by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for the Department of the Auditor General (AG) is making it easier for municipalities to receive state aid, according to the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME).“The new system allows municipalities to cut through the red tape when they apply and provides the auditor general with a faster, more streamlined process for distributing aid,” Secretary Davin said. “Governor Wolf’s GO-TIME initiative consistently encourages departments to share information and work together to solve problems, which ultimately means better customer service. The municipal reporting system in one of several new technologies that DCED is sharing with other agencies and governments to reduce duplication and provide a better return for taxpayers”Pennsylvania saves taxpayers $140,000 annually since implementing the new tool, according to the Auditor General’s Office.“Going from a paper-based to electronic filing system streamlined submissions, improved efficiencies within my department and provided better customer service for municipal staff,” said Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. “We’ve heard from municipalities about the ease of the new system which simplifies the process while cutting down on data entry errors.Under Pennsylvania law, municipalities that wish to receive state aid for pensions and volunteer firefighter funding must apply to the Pennsylvania Auditor General’s Office by March 31 each year. Prior to 2017, all forms were submitted on paper. The new system streamlines reporting for municipalities and cuts processing time for the Office of Auditor General, which administers the program. The new online process is available on DCED’s Municipal Statistics website.Last year, over 2,500 municipalities in 66 out of 67 Pennsylvania counties received over $60 million in aid for their local volunteer firefighters’ relief associations in their communities. Additionally, over 1,400 municipalities received almost $290 million for their pension plans covering police officers, paid firefighters and non-uniformed employees. A 2 percent tax on out-of-state casualty and fire insurance premiums funds the program. More information about the Municipal Pension Reporting Program is available online at the Auditor General’s website.GO-TIME is working to modernize government operations to reduce costs and improve services. GO-TIME works with agencies to identify opportunities to share resources, collaborate and engage employees in transformation. Over the past three years, state agencies have achieved over $373 million in savings while also improving efficiency and customer service as part of GO-TIME. To learn more, go to www.governor.pa.gov/go-time. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
The proposed Anti-Terrorism Law, which is now pending at the Senate, aims to amend the Human Security Act to provide teeth to fighting terrorism. The bill proposes to criminalize the following acts: 1. For any person to travel or attempt to travel to a state other than his/her state of residence or nationality, for the purpose of perpetrating, planning, or preparing for, or participating in terrorist acts, or providing or receiving terrorist training; 2. For any person to organize or facilitate the travel of individuals who travel to a state other than their states of residence or nationality for the purpose of perpetrating, planning, training, or preparing for, or participating in terrorist acts, or providing or receiving terrorist training, including acts of recruitment; and 3. For any person residing abroad who comes to the Philippines to participate in perpetrating, planning, training, or preparing for, or participating in terrorist acts or provide support for or facilitate terrorist training here or abroad. The latest martial law extension in Mindanao is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2019; unless President Duterte will asks for another extension and Congress approves it./PN “The DND (Department of National Defense) and Interior secretary [Eduardo Año] said they will recommend the lifting of martial law in the entire Mindanao if [the bill] is signed by PRRD (President Rodrigo Duterte),” Sotto said. “Majority will support.” Senate President Vicente Sotto III said that he has discussed the plan for passing the measure by the first week of November with Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and Senator Panfilo Lacson and majority of the senators have agreed as well. President Duterte placed the entire island of Mindanao under martial law in May 2017 over Marawi siege. He has since asked Congress to extend it three times. Manila – Senators are planning to prevent another extension of the martial law declaration in the entire island of Mindanao by passing the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act.