CA. STATE EMPLOYEE GET BONUS FOR SHOWING WASTE OF HP CTGS

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CA. STATE EMPLOYEE GET BONUS FOR SHOWING WASTE OF HP CTGS

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    CALIFORNIA STATE EMPLOYEE GET BONUS FOR SHOWING HOW WASTFULL OEM HP 5550 CARTRIDGES ARE.  
    A state worker who was set to receive a cash award for uncovering large-scale ink waste from Hewlett Packard printers
    has asked officials to re-evaluate the bonus, saying the amount of the waste he discovered is substantially larger than what was used to calculate his award.Dave Henning, a buyer in the food acquisitions group at the Department of General Services, was eligible for a $3,476 merit award for saving the state an estimated $69,520 in toner cartridge waste, state records show.

    Henning found that HP’s 5550dn laser jet printers signaled their color cartridges needed to be replaced and recycled when they were still 60 to 90 percent full. The cartridges cost $560 for three.An evaluation form used to calculate his award says 399 of the printers were purchased by the state. But Henning told The Bee recently that more than 700 printers actually were purchased, which if correct would increase the size of his award.But he said his decision to ask for a re-evaluation is not about money. “I wanted them to fix the problem,” he said, referring to HP. “That was my goal all along. The merit award was incidental.”

    HP, though, declined. “We are limited in our ability to modify these products — ” an account representative wrote DGS in an e-mail obtained through the California Public Records Act.Jeffrey Young, deputy director for public affairs at DGS, said the department strongly supports Henning’s decision.”We think he did a great job,” Young said. “The department wants to give him this award but we want it to be the right amount, too. So we are looking into it and revising the numbers.”