The Department of Housing paid exorbitant fees to a lender administrating the Shoreline Resiliency Loan Fund, part of Gov. Dannel Malloy’s Shore Up CT program created in 2014 to give homeowners and businesses low interest loans to upgrade their properties to withstand coastal storms in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. ...
E-Government to Save Money II
Since the Hartford Courant published YI Policy Director Heath W. Fahle’s piece on e-governance on Sunday, January 9, the buzz about e-gov has been, well, buzzing.
One reader passed along a copy of a report by the Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee Staff from December 16, 2010 that delved into the issue of e-government and concluded that Connecticut has a lot of catching up to do. It noted, among other things, that Connecticut should do more to focus on the users of the websites instead of on state government.
The PRI report also made 18 recommendations for improving the state’s e-government profile. Hopefully someone in the Legislature is listening.
The loquacious Gregory Hladky wrote in the Fairfield Weekly about the comically inept efforts of state government to deliver on improvements to e-government:
The site, which provides access to scores of state websites in the executive, legislative and judicial branches, was set up in 2001, Forde Whelton says, and is now “an antiquated system” light-years behind the technological curve.
In 2005, state officials began a project to overhaul ct.gov and by last year had spent about $600,000 on the upgrade to a system that hosts more than 90 percent of all executive branch websites. Last fall, the decision was made to pull the plug on the project.
These stories buttress the case for e-governance in Connecticut and highlight how difficult it is to make the state bureaucracy sensitive to the needs of Connecticut’s citizens.
State Troopers doubling pay with overtime due to staffing shortage, as state braces for mass retirements
An audit of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection found that 56 percent of state troopers singled out for review earned more than 100 percent of their base salary through overtime. “These employees’ base salaries ranged from $44,129 to $83,137, while overtime ranged from $50,968 to $190,677,” the ...