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KTC, finance cabinet initiative to upgrade roadway lighting to LEDs will save millions in future cost

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Finance and Administration Cabinet have launched an initiative to replace thousands of roadway lighting fixtures across the state with energy-saving LED lights. The upgrades will reduce the energy consumption of roadway lighting systems by more than fifty percent and save more than $2.8 million a year in reduced utility and maintenance costs. “Modernizing...

Finance and Administration Cabinet online surplus property auction runs through Sept. 29

The Finance and Administration Cabinet’s Division of Surplus Properties will host an online auction of heavy equipment no longer in use by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Division of Equipment. The auction is underway and runs through Tuesday, Sept. 29. An annual event, this year’s auction will be conducted online due to COVID-19. Proceeds from the sale will go to support KYTC and...

New state office building in downtown Frankfort officially named The Mayo-Underwood Building

Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary William M. Landrum III officially announced the name of the new state office building — The Mayo-Underwood Building — in Frankfort on Tuesday. The name references the Mayo-Underwood School, the African-American school that stood for more than 40 years at the corner of Mero Street and Wilkinson Blvd, where the new building is now situated. In his remarks,...

Finance Cabinet to sell several parcels of land in downtown Frankfort for development purposes

The Finance and Administration Cabinet on Tuesday posted online a Request for Bid (RFB) for several parcels of land in downtown Frankfort that the Commonwealth of Kentucky no longer needs and intends to sell. The land includes Parcel Blocks B and C of the Capital Plaza Development area, along with the acreage beneath the Capital Plaza Hotel and the Frankfort YMCA. The two parcels of land to be sold...

New Frankfort office building awaits name and move-in dates but occupants have been named

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The name for the new state office building nearing completion in Frankfort has not been chosen, but most of the agencies that will occupy it have been revealed. 
A letter sent to Gov. Matt Bevin earlier this month by Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary William Landrum said while move-in dates have not been announced, the agencies and the number of employees have...

Construction more than three months ahead of schedule on building to replace Capital Plaza Tower

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The project to replace the 26-story Capital Plaza Tower is ahead of schedule. Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary William Landrum told Kentucky Today on Tuesday construction on a new building is three to three-and-a-half months ahead of schedule. He credits a lot of that to the contractors, CRM Companies and D.W. Wilburn, who built a similar sized structure, known...

Officials provide second update on repairs to Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts building

The Finance and Administration Cabinet on Friday provided a second update on the progress of restoration work on the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts (KCA) in Louisville. The center sustained damage from a June 13 fire which began from sparks from ongoing construction on the building. Contractors, engineers, architects and others have made progress with the main theaters, bringing electrical...

State to offer more than 250 vehicles for sale at surplus fleet vehicle auction April 24 in Frankfort

More than 250 vehicles, including nearly 120 pickup trucks and SUVs, are being retired from the state motor pool and will be auctioned off April 24 at the State Service Garage, 513 Barrett Street in Frankfort. The public auction begins at 10 a.m. Individuals can pre-register and inspect the vehicles from 1 to 4 p.m. on Monday, April 23 or register and view them the morning of the sale from 8 to 9:50...

KSP, Dept for Facilities and Support Services, Fire Marshal announce safety precautions for Capitol activities

Kentucky State Police (KSP), Finance and Administration Cabinet’s Department for Facilities and Support Services, and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are asking the public to remain mindful of safety precautions while visiting the state Capitol Building and Capitol Annex on Friday and Saturday. The agencies are working to create a safe and accommodating environment that provides public access to...

Federal and state governments join food banks to secure surplus meal kits for Kentucky residents

Thousands of surplus meal kits originally purchased for disaster victims will go to hungry Kentuckians thanks to a team effort of federal and state employees. Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland in Elizabethtown and God’s Pantry Food Bank in Lexington will receive a total of 314,496 meal kits from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at a cost to the food banks of $65,000, a fraction...

Audit uncovers over $3 million in inappropriately awarded claims during Longmeyer tenure

The Finance and Administration Cabinet has released the results of a months-long audit into financial mismanagement and improprieties involving the Commonwealth’s self-insured Workers’ Compensation Program. The audit, requested by Personnel Cabinet Secretary Thomas B. Stephens, uncovered over $3 million in claims inappropriately awarded under the administration of previous Personnel Cabinet...

Additional office furnishings from Capital Plaza Tower available for sale to public Aug. 23

On Aug. 23 more office furnishings from the now empty Capital Plaza Tower building will be sold through a second spot bid sale, to be held at 500 Mero Street in Frankfort. Last year state agencies moved out of the 24-story office building and the Commonwealth has deemed a huge amount of office furniture and personal property items to be surplus. While these items are no longer useful to the Commonwealth,...

State Capitol renovation project not limited to outside work — inside areas getting a facelift, too

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today It’s not just the exterior of the State Capitol Building that is undergoing renovation. Some work inside is also underway.   Visitors are finding the door to Room 100, which is the lobby area leading to Gov. Matt Bevin’s office, is closed.  A sign outside the door tells people to go to Room 133, which is the Constituent Services office, located on the opposite side...

Veteran personnel cabinet administrator named to oversee new Red Flag Reporting System

Larry Gillis has been appointed to serve as an ombudsman for the Personnel Cabinet and will serve as liaison to handle tips through the new Red Flag Reporting System. The system was established by the Finance and Administration Cabinet and provides an avenue for state employees and others to report questionable activities within state government. As part of this role, Gillis will field, investigate...

Service-disabled veteran-owned Small Business Certification Program announced

Gov. Matt Bevin, Finance and Administration Cabinet Sec. William M. Landrum III, bill sponsors State Reps. Dean Schamore and Russell Webber, and Department of Veteran Affairs Commissioner Norman R. Arflack participated Friday in the kickoff announcement of the new Kentucky Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (KySDVOSB) Certification program that became effective July 15. “A key objective...

Enhanced security and fraud tools may result in delays in getting state tax refunds back

Because of enhanced security features and fraud analysis tools, the Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) is estimating that refunds may take a bit longer to process this year—up to 21 days for electronic filers if their return is error free. “While electronic filing is the fastest way to get refunds, the department wants Kentucky taxpayers to be aware that refunds may not be processed as quickly...

Today is last day for delinquent taxpayers
to take advantage of tax amnesty program

To help delinquent taxpayers take advantage of Kentucky’s tax amnesty program before it ends today, the Department of Revenue’s main Frankfort office and taxpayer centers throughout the state are open until 9 p.m. local time today and will close after the last person in line has been helped.   Taxpayers must apply for amnesty – even those who have not filed tax returns. The Department...