Tedisco-Ball-Zeldin: “Call The Geek Squad To Get Bottom-Line Savings If NY Goes Paperless”

Legislators call for IT task force of “all star” tech experts from IBM, Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Xerox to audit NYS government printing to save tax dollars
February 24, 2011
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga), Senator Greg Ball (R,C-Patterson) and Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R,C,I-Shirley) today continued their push to stop wasteful government printing by calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to convene a new information technology task force to help the state go paperless to save tax dollars.

This Information Technology Task Force would be under the Governor’s Spending and Government Efficiencies Commission (SAGE), of which Senator Ball is a member, and be charged with advancing new cost-savings and environmentally-friendly policies to eliminate unnecessary state printing.

Under Ball, Tedisco and Zeldin’s plan, the Governor’s Task Force would seek input from leading members of the IT industry including unpaid, volunteer experts -- not working at taxpayer expense -- from IBM, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple Computers, Xerox and Microsoft to advise the Cuomo Administration on moving to a paperless or near-paperless state government.

“We can help our environment and save tax dollars by bringing in the ‘Geek Squad’ of the world’s leading IT all-star experts to help find the bottom-line savings for New York by going digital and stopping wasteful printing,” said Tedisco, former Minority Leader and current Assistant Minority Whip. “One way we can ‘reinvent’ government is by having New York State join the digital revolution and go paperless,” added Tedisco, who noted that there are more than 70 state agencies, 48 public authorities, 64 SUNY schools and 20 CUNY campuses -- all of which could save tax dollars by going digital with their reports and messaging.

“Before we think about balancing this budget on the backs of working people, it’s time to look within our own house. These paper-reliant systems are not eco-friendly or fiscally wise, and while it may have worked for Teddy Roosevelt, it’s not working anymore. Let’s follow the paper trail and zoom in on the duplicative and unnecessary processes and procedures, costing taxpayers millions,” said Ball.

“A digitally-friendly government will save taxpayers millions of dollars. I am proud to support this kind of forward-thinking legislation. Partnering with the best private sector experts on a volunteer basis can be the model to help state government find much-needed operational savings,” said Zeldin.

Click here to view Ball, Tedisco and Zeldin’s letter to Gov. Cuomo.

PREVIOUSLY: Tedisco and Ball called for the NYS Legislature to go paperless so that all bills, legislative digests and reports are posted online to end the wasteful printing of legislation that, in many instances, goes straight from the document rooms directly to the recycle bin. Sen. Greg Ball and Sen. Lee Zeldin will be carrying Tedisco’s bill in the Senate.

NOW: Ball, Tedisco and Zeldin have e-mailed Governor Cuomo to convene an all-star IT panel as part of the SAGE Commission to audit NYS government printing to go digital and save trees and taxpayer dollars.