Information about Shared Services
The TMACOG Tech session held October 17 provided valuable information about Ohio’s Beyond Boundaries program and the Skinny Ohio program, two ways that Ohio is encouraging local governments to share services and improve efficiencies. Speakers David Miller from the Auditor of State’s office and Randy Cole from the Office of Budget and Management provided examples and explained how Ohio is supporting local efforts. See the Skinny Ohio presentation here, and the Beyond Boundaries here.
Here are links to some of the programs mentioned in the presentations:
Local Government Innovation Fund (grants for governments pursuing shared service ideas)
LEAP Fund (Leverage for Efficiency, Accountability and Performance)
Public Notice Website (reduce local advertising costs)
Office of Information Technology (research shared servers, data centers, etc.)
www.ohioauditor.gov (examples of performance audit reports)
Shared Services Idea Center
A joint purchasing portal is expected to go live in January, 2013. Other state services that are in development include debt collection through the Attorney General’s office and revisions to the public employees health care program.
TMACOG Tech sessions are held five or six times a year. They are designed to improve professional capacity, provide training, share information, and support collaboration between members. Topics for individual sessions are suggested by members or in response to current events. Starting in 2013, Spengler Nathanson PLL will be the presenting partner for TMACOG Tech. Their support will enable TMACOG to secure higher profile speakers, improved supporting materials, and better learning environments.
David Miller from the Auditor of State’s office, Randy Cole from the Office of Budget and Management, and TMACOG Communications Director Peggy Ricard take questions from the audience.