Connecticut Department of Connecticut Department of Energy and Protection Energy andEnvironmental Environmental Protection DEEP LEAN Permitting Improvements and Results Northeast LEAN Summit May 28, 2014
Presented by Nicole M. Lugli Office of Planning and Program Development Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection CT DEEP - WHY LEAN? o Difficult budget climate o Staff Attrition o Merging entities o New Challenges The load is heavy, change is hard and the work can seem thankless
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection What is LEAN? LEAN is a growth strategy A process improvement approach that seeks to eliminate non-value added activities or waste An opportunity for continuous improvement Customer-focused What do they value? Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection LEAN as a Growth Strategy
Internal operations are more efficient Staff is more engaged and has developed greater capacity professional development opportunity DEEP has an increased ability to address new challenges
Customer experience: improved timeliness, responsiveness, transparency, predictability A Streamlined Future State of the OLISP Structures, Dredging and Fill Permit Application Process. Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Making Government Work: LEAN is a key enabler for our transformation efforts Faster More
effective Investing in information technology solutions to achieve efficiencies Identify statutory and regulatory obstacles to change
Pursue interagency initiatives or opportunities to Re-LEAN Developing core metrics with measurable environmental and programmatic improvements More efficient More responsive More predictable
More transparent Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection LEAN has been Positive for Our Customers Businesses Wastewater discharge permitting program (NPDES) reduce time to process permit
by 77% Homeowners Office of Long Island Sound Programs (OLISP) Permitting- reduced permit review time by 70% Municipalities Clean Water Fund payment processing reduced by more than 170 days Environment Underground Storage Tank (UST)reduced the number of significant releases from USTs to the environment from a regular occurrence to an average of less than 1 per year and a significant drop in impacts to drinking water(contaminated wells), going from
regular occurrences affecting entire neighborhoods to being highly uncommon events Lean Team identified strategies to streamline and simplify environmental land use restriction application and approval process. Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection LEAN at DEEP Wide range of projects including permitting and enforcement of air, waste, and water pollution control and land use programs; wildlife, fisheries, boating; and energy management
Working with DOT, DECD, OPM, Siting Council and DAS on interagency processes Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Where are we Today on our LEAN Journey? To date 65 teams have participated in kaizen events Staff shadow our Sensei, Fred Shamburg, at the LEAN events training to self-facilitate
Over 50 employees have received advanced LEAN training Approximately 400 employees have participated in Lean events. future events Facilitator/Coordinator contacts identified for each Bureau and meet regularly on LEAN implementation DEEP has self facilitated several projects DEEP member Statewide Process Improvement Steering Committee and participating in interagency events
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Evaluation of DEEPs Coastal Management Certificate Of Permission (COP) Process Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection COP Current State and History COP process started in 1990 Applications are processed in 45 days, with the ability to extend to 90 days if the application is insufficient. If no decision by 90 days, application is auto-approved
Pre-application process can take from 1 day to 3 years! Over 50% of COP applications are extended beyond the initial 45-day period Average time from application receipt to decision = 53 days Applicants push for more activities to be considered eligible for the COP process Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Waste Identified! Extensive inefficiencies in preapplication process Similar situations handled inconsistently Lack of consistency in interpreting eligibility criteria Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Status of Proposed Future State Implement a robust pre-application process which will result in more complete application submissions 70% are processed within 45 day timeframe Review categories of COP-eligible projects and move certain categories to general permit as appropriate (binning ) several drafted and being reviewed Clarify and quantify eligibility criteria and definitions Improved delegation of signature requirements Developing on-line guidance documents and tools to assist public in preparing COP application. DEEP priority e-filing project. Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Key Performance Indicators 80% application processed within 45 calendar days
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Dam Safety Program Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection The Regulatory Universe 3,000 dams under regulation of DEEPs Dam Safety Program Of these, approximately 700 are high or significant hazard dams Dam Safety Program includes permitting, inspections, and enforcement and includes 3 engineers and 2 inspectors Processing time for permits 240 days
By regulation Dam Safety is required to inspect approximately 400 dams per year Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection What Good Looks Like 100% of Dam Safety Permit Applications received with fish passage determination 90 day processing time Pre-application meetings for all dam safety permit applications
Streamline and update application instructions More efficient signature delegation Increase staff capacity to perform additional inspections including cross-training divisional staff Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection What Great Looks Like
Electronic permit application submittal and processing Automated sufficiency reviews Owner responsible dam inspections Elimination of public notice period for in-kind dam repairs Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Industrial Storm Water General Permit E-file LEAN Project Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Industrial Storm Water General Permit Pre LEAN Challenges Wide range of pollutants potentially affecting water quality Large regulated universe (1500+ permits) Many small business w/ no environmental expertise
Previous process cumbersome Changes in the law compounded difficulties. DEEP now needs to: Provide public participation process Provide additional compliance assistance Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
The Future Industrial Storm Water General Permit Streamlined/more efficient workflow by paperless processing No more lost time due to physical transport of paper, no more printing registration certificates, no more incomplete applications Online submittal of registrations and allows 24/7 public access and participation Model for agency-wide permit processing Benefits:
more environmental protection, more efficient, more effective, more transparent Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection State of Connecticut Revolutionizing the IT Procurement Process Opportunities for Improvement There is an opportunity for improvement of the IT Procurement Process by eliminating multiple and/ or duplicative steps between the line agency, DAS/BEST and DAS procurement processes in
order to improve the efficiency and decrease the time it takes for approval and purchase of technology. State of Connecticut Revolutionizing the IT Procurement Process Summary Statements What we learned Identified redundant steps in the process. Short term steps can create immediate opportunities. Smaller Agencies do not have the same support/resources as larger Agencies. Approval levels have remained static for more than a decade. Agencies are interpreting policy very differently. State of Connecticut Revolutionizing the IT Procurement Process
Summary Statements WOWS 80% of the transactions can be reduced by 35% by implementing new workflow. Pre-approval of IT plans from larger agencies should free up resources to further support smaller agencies. Agencies ARE eager to work together to identify efficiencies we just need to communicate! State of Connecticut Revolutionizing the IT Procurement Process Lessons Learned about Successful Implementation of LEAN Recommendations
Critical in the process is having management support in accepting recommendations for change and being fully engaged in implementation. Important to keep all Division staff informed as to the projects goals and implementation activities. Buy-in from staff critical to make the process work - integrate efforts of others moving forward. Need to continue to track and reinforce goals of KPIs Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Examples of Common Permitting Process Wastes The following are several common permitting process wastes identified: Incomplete applications Backlogs Approval bottlenecks Redundant review or data entry Lack of templates
Material for one pre-lean permit application. Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Lessons Learned from LEAN Plan and Communicate Including/partnering with affected parties in planning efforts Revising application content and fact sheets Pre-application meetings Standard Work Creating checklists and Standard Operating Procedures
Targeting permits for fast-tracking Eliminate Waste Removing redundancies and silos Leveraging existing technology Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection More Effective and Efficient Delivery of Permitting Assistance Increase opportunities for pre-application meetings Provide applicants with examples of model applications Increase opportunities for electronic submittalseliminates paper and results in faster distribution Post permit status/action on the website for applicants to reduce status question phone calls
Provide outreach to constituent groups about new permitting procedures to educate and solicit feedback (e.g., HWAC, SWAC and SIPRAC meetings) Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Common Use of Visuals Provide constant gentle pressure Status
WPED Enforcement Case Tracking Implementation tasks Lean Team Quarterly Report Posters IWRD Application Tracking Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Technology- Online Permits will Result in Faster, More Complete Submittals Online Permit with E-Logic Direct submissions to DEEP staff
E-logic will prompt applicants to fill in missing information General permits/notifications first then individual permits Stormwater General Permit Underground Storage Tank (UST) Notification Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Permit Processing Times Have Been Reduced
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection What Do Our Customer Say about Our Service? Source: CBIA EPC Survey, 2012 Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Questions? Nicole M. Lugli Office Director, Planning and Program Development Department of Energy and Environmental Protection [email protected] or 860-424-3611 Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
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