modified press release:
In his first month in office, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said he is already reducing costs, improving efficiency in the face of budget and technology changes.
“I said in my swearing-in speech that we would start by getting our own house in order and we are doing just that,” DePasquale said. “We’ve already made changes to printing practices that will save more than 3.3 million sheets of paper annually — that’s enough paper to line the PA Turnpike from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, twice."
In the past month, the department began cutting operational costs and conducting a comprehensive review of its out-dated information technology infrastructure.
Aside from reducing printing and paper cost, DePasquale highlighted a variety of actions to reduce costs and improve efficiency, including:This all sounds great except that last one -- our local press needs our support, and the online versions do not contain everything in the print versions, at least unless you pay subscription fees.
• Reducing the department’s fleet by 44 automobiles; • Reducing travel expenses; • Reviewing all leases to identify additional efficiencies and cost reductions; and • Eliminating the purchase of all hard-copy newspapers and the Pennsylvania Bulletin.