The app was shown at a construction site on Interstate 83. Wolf said the app is a money-saver that meets his GO-TIME initiative for Pennsylvania government “to work smarter”. Wolf issued the following statement regarding the app, “This innovation translates into savings in two years of more than $28 million and provides a clear and exciting example of how technology improvement can make government both more efficient and effective.” The app was shown to the media by Inspector Dave Haverstock.
Wolf also praised PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards for her part in creating the app. Richards issued the following statement, “We have nearly 400 inspectors on staff and 1,200 under contract to check on the roughly $2.5 billion worth of construction work we have underway each year… The mobile construction app reduces time spent on administrative tasks. As a result, inspectors are in the field an additional one and a half hours per a day, or nearly 300,000 additional person hours each year. Last year, the first it was rolled out, saw $11 million in productivity savings, and we expect an additional $17 million this fiscal year.”
Before the mobile app’s creation, inspectors had to look through lengthy paper documents. They also had to go from office to construction site and back again in order to submit reports. The tasks can now be done through the app. The app was a 2015 State IT Finalist in the Improving State Operations category of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers.
PennDOT wants to use the technology for other Pennsylvania agencies that use paper work in their operations. Sharon Ward, who is the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME) director, issued the following statement, “The mobile construction inspection app is a great example of what Governor Wolf is trying to accomplish through GO-TIME… Not only is PennDOT improving the efficiency of its own staff, they are sharing their expertise with other agencies to provide even greater benefit to taxpayers.”
According to the news release, “GO-TIME works with state agencies to maximize efficiency, modernize operations and improve the delivery of services.” A savings of over $156 million was achieved in fiscal year 2015-2015 through these efforts. The savings was above Wolf’s savings goal of $150 million. You can learn more about GO-TIME here: www.governor.pa.gov/go-time/.