We've all heard jokes about government waste and the like, but Michigan's Department of Technology, Management and Budget has been presented with an atta-boy award from the U.S. Postal Service for coming up with a process that will save a lot of money.

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USPS, on Tuesday, presented its Mail Innovation Award to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget at the annual National Postal Forum underway in Nashville, Tenn. The award honors postal customers who produce innovative mailing solutions. DTMB was recognized for its development of an automated certified-letter mail developed to assist the Department of Treasury. The process yielded $1.4 million in savings for Treasury.

According to the press release,  “Automating the mail system in this way allows us to track information in a few minutes that may have previously taken up to an hour,” said Ann Good, Treasury Director of the Office of Collections. “It’s a process we can apply to future mailings that will continue to save taxpayers millions in postage costs.”

By using these services, state agencies, colleges, universities, public school districts and local units of government are able to realize significant savings. For the third consecutive year, presorting of U.S. mail by Mailing Services saved customers more than $7 million in postage costs.

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