State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Charlie Crist

Robert A. Butterworth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Al Zimmerman
May 29, 2007 850-488-4855

Children and Families' Suncoast Region Honored for Saving Florida Taxpayers Millions
- "Team Scan It" named number two in the world by the American Society for Quality -

Tampa, Fla.- The Department of Children and Families "Team Scan It," has won a silver medal in the American Society for Quality's annual worldwide competition for team excellence. "Team Scan It" was recognized for its sustained quality service and performance in reducing paperwork and boosting efficiency in the Department's ACCESS Florida program.

"I congratulate 'Team Scan It' and all of the ACCESS Florida employees in our Suncoast Region," said Secretary Bob Butterworth. "Winning the silver is a tremendous accomplishment and one that speaks of the outstanding innovation, dedication and hard work our staff exhibits on a daily basis."

"I'm very proud of what our staff has achieved," said SunCoast Regional Director Nick Cox. "They were competing against some of the best private and public businesses and organizations in the world."

"Team Scan It" outperformed 22 other competitors from countries that include Japan, Korea, Singapore, Columbia, Mexico and the United States. Only Boeing, the gold medal winner, placed higher in the competition. "Team Scan It" was created to study ways to save public funds by reducing paperwork and the time it takes to process applications in Florida's Food Stamp and benefits program, known as ACCESS Florida. The team focused on the paper driven manual filing system that included more than 950,000 pounds of paper with annual maintenance costs exceeding $300,000. Through the team's efforts, an internal electronic file and case management system was developed and implemented. The recent statewide implementation of the system could save taxpayers an estimated $18 million a year.

The American Society for Quality is the world's leading authority on quality. With more than 100,000 members, the organization promotes quality improvement, knowledge exchange to improve business results, learning new business strategies and creating better workplaces and communities worldwide.

"Team Scan It" qualified for the American Society for Quality competition by winning the 2006 Florida Sterling Quality Team Showcase.

The Department's ACCESS Florida program also received national honors for its overall effectiveness in serving Florida's most vulnerable. It's one of 18 finalists in the Innovations in American Government Awards competition by the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. ACCESS will now compete for one of seven $100,000 awards announced in Washington D.C. in September.

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