|COMPTROLLER KEVIN LEMBO|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011|
|Contact :||Tara Downes|
COMPTROLLER LEMBO, DAS LAUNCH ePAY; PREPARE FOR STATEWIDE TRANSITION TO DIGITAL PAY STATEMENTS
Comptroller Kevin Lembo and Department of Administrative Services (DAS) Commissioner Donald DeFronzo today announced that their agencies will be the first to transition to paperless digital pay statements under a pilot program called ePay.
The ePay transition of these two agencies is a test program with the ultimate goal of transitioning virtually all state employees and retirees to a paperless system.
While there may be some cost savings over time, related to postage and printing, ePay primarily seeks to advance the state's digital capabilities and more efficiently manage the state's physical resources and personnel.
Lembo said, "This program harnesses new technology and promotes government efficiency. My office is determined to identify additional ways to advance the state's digital proficiency and operate more economically. Paper pay statements have become outdated and outmoded. State resources - and natural resources - should not be wasted on printing, paper and distribution in this digital age."
DeFronzo said, "I believe that employees will find this to be a great convenience and benefit. Payroll office staff will spend less time managing the distribution of checks and pay advices and employees will have ready on-line access to their current and recent pay information. This is a sound efficiency measure and we are pleased to join the Comptroller in piloting ePay."
Lembo said this initiative has been underway for several months, first initiated by Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman when she served as state comptroller.
About 82 percent of state employees and 77 percent of retirees already receive direct deposit. However, direct deposit recipients continue to receive paper copies of their payment statements.
During the trial, approximately 600 employees at DAS and the comptroller's office will temporarily continue to receive paper statements until the test period confirms that ePay statements are working and accessible.
Once ePay is fully implemented at DAS and the comptroller's office, Lembo said his office will seek to transition additional agencies to ePay. The comptroller also said that his agency, which oversees the state employee retirement system, would begin to transition retirees to voluntary paperless direct deposit as well.
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