PLACER COUNTY CALIF : OEM's ARE OUT & GENERICS ARE IN !

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PLACER COUNTY CALIF : OEM's ARE OUT & GENERICS ARE IN !

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    PLACER COUNTY CALIF : OEM’s ARE OUT
    & GENERICS ARE IN !

    3M out,
    generics in, as Placer County shaves costs
    ROSEVILLE CALIFORNIA
    Higher-priced brand-name office supplies like 3M Post-It Notes are out
    as Placer County moves ahead with a more frugal spending paradigm forced
    by dropping revenues.Instead, county departments are being asked to
    follow a new policy of buying cheaper house-brand or generic-brand
    paper, post-its, paperclips and other supplies.Supervisors heard Tuesday
    from members of a cost-saving task force organized earlier this year to
    consider more than 200 ideas suggested by county employees to save
    money.Jim Boggan, a member of the purchasing subcommittee, said an
    in-house study indicated $76,000 in annual savings could be generated by
    going generic.Supervisors also accepted a recommendation by the
    committee to require employees to buy recycled ink-jet and laser-jet
    cartridges instead of new ones. The shift could mean savings of $60,000 a
    year.Boggan said ink cartridges were tested and there was no
    discernible difference between recycled cartridges purchased from
    Staples and brand-new ones.

    Limiting staff travel by tapping into
    new advances in Web conferencing will also be utilized by the county in
    the future, Brian Jagger, an automation subcommittee member, reported
    that an estimated $67,000 in travel and meeting costs could be avoided
    by teleconferencing and Web meetings.Jagger said printing costs could
    also be held down by using electronic or scanned copies.“The easiest way
    (to cut printing costs) is to not do it as much,” he said.With printing
    controls in place, the county could save another $80,000 during the
    first year, Jagger said.Tom Miller, County CEO, said supervisors should
    expect more ideas to save money coming forward every couple of months.

    The
    round of cost shavings drew lukewarm praise from Auburn’s Dan Sokol,
    vice president of the League of Placer County Taxpayers.“In the main,
    they’re to be applauded,” Sokol said. “There are two edges though. One
    is to say ‘Go for it.’ The other is ‘Why did it take you so long.”Sokol
    added that reducing the paper flow may save money but could be a problem
    in retaining transparency in government if everything is copied
    electronically