FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 9, 2010
Secretary Rokita's agency returns nearly $260K from fiscal year 2010 budget; currently operates on budget less than office's 1987 budget
INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita announced today that his office has reverted 11 percent of its budget for fiscal year 2010 back to the state's general fund. This, in addition to the fact that the budget appropriation he requested for the year was already voluntarily reduced by 4 percent from the previous fiscal year. A holistic commitment to efficiency, automation and expanding self-services for constituents has resulted in the ability to minimize spending and cut overhead costs – so much so that the current budget for the office of the Secretary of State is considerably less, unadjusted for inflation, than the office's budget in 1987.
"Through the hard work of dedicated professionals, we're proving that government doesn't have to spend to survive and doesn't have to be bloated to be able to provide world-class services to its constituents," said Secretary Rokita. "In fact, we are showing you can actually do more with less through technology, innovation and smart solutions."
Though the agency's transaction volume generally increases by approximately 2 percent per year and the statutory duties of the office have been greatly expanded even to include a new division, Secretary Rokita's team has managed to keep staffing levels consistent with those in 1987.
Highlights of the office's achievements in creating efficiencies include:
Secretary Rokita credits his staff as well as the office's strategic public/private partnerships with technology organizations such as Baker Tilly, Quest Information Systems, Inc., BC Forward, Indiana Interactive, and the Indiana Office of Technology for contributing to the success of his office and the realization of smaller, more efficient government practices.
*Final figures as released by the Indiana State Auditor's office.
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