DHS executive director Don Taylor said some of the computers will be cleaned, updated and sent to DHS offices in all 82 counties, where the machines will replace even older computers and will be used to reduce paper clutter.
Gov. Haley Barbour said the unused computers, along with reams of copier paper and other untouched office supplies found at DHS, are examples of waste in government.
Taylor estimated DHS can save $837,000 this budget year by recycling some of the computers, using the extra supplies instead of buying new ones, switching from paper forms to electronic ones, and redistributing used furniture to local DHS offices instead of buying new furniture.
The budget year started July 1 and runs through June 30.