MANCHESTER, CT (WFSB) - The Lamont Administration is looking to modernize state government services.
Gov. Ned Lamont said his administration wants to eliminate paperwork and make more documents electronically available.
Lamont helped announce what that entailed during a news conference in Manchester on Tuesday morning.
He said 50 million pages of documents will be digitized through a public-private partnership with Scan-Optics in Manchester.
Lamont said the elimination of paper documents and transferring them for electronic use is an important component of his administration’s efforts to create efficiencies.
“Digitizing documents means that we can have the information we need at our fingertips and can work smarter in state government,” Lamont said. “That’s the type of workplace I envision, one where we can work efficiently, collaboratively even when we’re remote, and in a way that uses the most up-to-date technology available. These public-private partnerships help us get closer to that vision and attract the best and brightest employees. I am excited about what we’ve accomplished together so far and look forward to see what else we can streamline.”
The State of Connecticut began its partnership with Scan-Optics in 2013 through the Department of Social Services and Access Health CT. Additional agencies joined the partnership under the Lamont Administration starting in 2018, including the Department of Administrative Services, the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
Lamont said most notably, the company has supported the state’s human resources centralization efforts by providing full-service solution to include document packing, pickup, and creating a logistics schedule to ensure there is no downtime in production. In conjunction with the human resources project team they reviewed documents and processed 10 million images for a total of 30,000 employee files in just under 12 months.
“We are thrilled to support Gov. Lamont’s vision of a more efficient state government," said Jeff Mitchell, CEO, Scan-Optics. "It is an honor for our company to be a partner with the state on these strategic initiatives that benefit the residents of Connecticut. We look forward to our continued partnership driving the modernization of state government.”