October 25, 2017 GO-TIME: DEP Grant Modernization Is Increasing Efficiency, Improving Review Timelines SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Efficiency, Environment, GO-TIME, Government That Works, Innovation, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today that the use of a centralized electronic system for grants is reducing costs, increasing efficiency and significantly shortening the application review time while maintaining a thorough evaluation process.When fully implemented, e-grants will be available for 30 grants administered by DEP, saving $200,000 annually.“Modernizing this grant application system is improving customer service for many citizens, nonprofit organizations, local governments, and businesses,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “With this advancement, we are making the process more efficient as we keep our comprehensive reviews in place and ultimately speed up the support for these important environmental programs in communities across the commonwealth.”DEP was the first agency to begin using the Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) electronic grants system for one of its programs. This has allowed DEP to modernize its application and review processes without having to build or buy its own system.The Environmental Education grant program was the first to accept electronic applications, starting last fall. The Alternative Fuel Vehicle, Small Business Advantage, and Coastal Zone Resource Management grant programs have begun accepting electronic applications in the past six months.The e-grant system reduces applicant errors and allows for electronic approval, which reduces processing time and speeds review. DCED provides online application customer support. DEP staff score applications online and no longer perform manual data entryAs a result of these and other efficiencies, the grant review process that formerly required about two weeks has been reduced to an average of two days.The new grant system complements ongoing work to shift agency-wide permitting from paper to online applications, part of a major effort to modernize technology at DEP that launched in January 2016. In March of this year, DEP announced an electronic mining permit application for surface coal mines that will make the permit review process faster for DEP and operators and provide more transparency to the public.The new process is a DEP initiative developed through the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management, and Efficiency (GO-TIME).GO-TIME is working to modernize government operations to reduce costs and improve services. GO-TIME works with agencies to identify opportunities to share resources, collaborate and engage employees in transformation.
Anel Hadzic is not a player many people think of, when they think of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s national football team. Usually stars such as Edin Dzeko (Manchester City), Miralem Pjanic (Roma) or Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) come to mind. However, the hardworking Hadzic has gained a lot of Bosnian fan favor over the last couple of months with his performances for club and country.The 25-year-old Velika Kladuša native never took the easy path. Immigrating to Austria at a young age with his parents due to the war in his native Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hadzic, like many of his national teammates was a child of the war. He began his football career at Wels, soon transferring to Ried where he made his name and eventually earned a transfer to the more prestigious Sturm Graz.Hadzic even represented Austria on the youth level, being capped twice on the U-21 team. However, Hadzic always made his intentions clear, he wanted to represent Bosnia-Herzegovina on the senior level. His journey to do just that was never easy. Paperwork took months, and Hadzic personally followed up with phone calls and visits in order to ensure everything was proceeding.Ironically, he got his chance in a friendly match against Egypt that was played in Austria. Hadzic only played 44 minutes, but the experience meant the world to the player. “To represent my country in this way is an unbelievable feeling. I always dreamed of something like this.”Hadzic was soon incorporated in Safet Susic‘s 23-man-roster and even played 61 minutes in Bosnia’s 3-1 win over Iran at the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. However Hadzic truly won the hearts of the fans with his most recent performances, playing at a position he never had any true experience with. Because of rampant injuries to the defense, Susic was forced to utilize Hadzic as an emergency centre-back, playing alongside Toni Sunjic. The duo shut out Gareth Bale and Wales in Cardiff, and even defended very well against Eden Hazard and the high flying Belgian offense. Their only goal in the 1-1 Zenica draw came from a Nainggolan long distance shot that was not their mistake or fault.Anel Hadzic has proven to be the epitome of the scrappy, hard working team player that so many teams desperately need in their squad. (Source: BH dragons)
BH tennis player Mirza Basic managed to qualify in the semifinals of ATP Challenger tournament in Izmir, Turkey.In the second round of the 64,000 EUR worth tournament, Basic won against Ilya Ivashka from Belarus, the 170th player on the ATP list, with the score 3: 6, 6: 1, 7: 5.Basic will play the match for placement in the finals against Romanian Marius Copil (179 ATP), who eliminated our Aldin Setkic in the second round.(Source: klix.ba)