Hawai‘i Joins National Celebration of Payroll Week

September 2, 2019, 8:52 AM HST · Updated September 2, 8:52 AM
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Office of Enterprise Technology Services and Department of Accounting and General Services.

Governor David Ige has proclaimed Labor Day (Sept. 2) to Sept.6 as Payroll Week in Hawaiʻi, honoring nearly 350 state payroll professionals across all departments. These individuals oversee, direct and process payroll checks for nearly 70,000 employees on any given pay day.

Payroll professionals play a key role in maintaining the economic health of residents, carrying out such diverse tasks as calculating accurate pay for all state employees, carrying out tax withholding, reporting and depositing, and making sure proper amounts are forwarded for retired pay, health benefits, union dues, unemployment insurance and other third-party payments.

The payroll system modernization effort, which was successfully completed earlier this year, was a tremendous accomplishment for the state.

“It is fitting that we celebrate and honor our state’s payroll professionals who worked diligently to ensure a smooth transition from a 50-year-old, paper-based payroll system to a modern, accurate, efficient and secure platform,” said Ige.

Comptroller Curt Otaguro said, “I congratulate our payroll professionals for being an important part of this significant milestone in Hawaiʻi’s transformation. We will continue to support them as we proceed in our state’s modernization journey. We applaud Gov. Ige’s long term vision and commitment to modernizing the state’s technology systems and providing employees with the tools necessary to do their jobs efficiently.”

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“I’d like to thank the payroll staff statewide for embracing the technology and change that this new system has brought to their jobs,” said Doug Murdock, Office of Enterprise Technology Services chief information officer. “It is because of their perseverance and persistence that employees across the state are benefitting from a modern payroll system.”

The payroll project was implemented by the Department of Accounting and General Services in coordination with the Office of Enterprise Technology Services.

Payroll Week in Hawaiʻi runs in conjunction with National Payroll Week.

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