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DOH-Volusia - Health Department Tech Staffer Earns Two Awards from TaxWatch

September 26, 2019

Daytona Beach, Fla. - A computer programmer at the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia) has captured the attention of a state watchdog group for improving service to clients and improving agency productivity. As a result, Richard Gadrim, a systems program analyst, has earned two awards from Florida TaxWatch.

At the Florida TaxWatch annual productivity awards ceremony held in Lakeland in September, Gadrim, 49, was presented a Quality of Life Award for developing a search application to help health department staff address client needs beyond services provided by the agency. The tool provides clients information on services that may help them meet daily needs and reduces the amount of time they spend traveling from program to program to gather information or obtain services.

He also earned a Technology Award for enhancing the agency's Master Employee Information system, which provides detailed information on employees assigned to the Department of Health in Volusia County. This includes all assigned equipment, staff training records, emergency information and emergency duty assignments. The system also has the ability to run detailed informational reports, as needed. The new system improves efficiency by eliminating the need to work in different programs since all data is now located in one application.

In 2013 Gadrim, interned with DOH-Volusia. He became an employee the following year. Gadrim attended Daytona State College and earned Associate of Science degrees in computer programming and analysis, web programming analysis, computer programming, internet services technology, and information technology administration.

Since 1989, the Florida TaxWatch Awards program, formerly the Prudential Productive Awards Program, has publicly recognized state employees and work units whose work significantly and measurably increases productivity and promotes innovation to improve the delivery of state services and save money for Florida taxpayers and businesses.

According to the organization's website, Florida TaxWatch is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute and government watchdog that works to improve the productivity and accountability of Florida government.

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