Have you ever thought, “State agencies really should work together more to solve issues affecting us all”?
Meet the Enterprise Leadership Team!
Twenty-five agency directors regularly meet with me to discuss ways to modernize, streamline, and improve administrative functions across agency silos. The ELT and its Improving Government Steering Team stand up and resource projects, and agencies participate by collaborating on the solutions. Below are highlights of three projects currently underway. Click a project title to visit the project Web page.
1. The Oregon Management Project, bringing the state’s employment system for managers into the modern day. The state has begun a comprehensive market comparison to develop a clear and useable classification system for managers and a transparent, competitive and responsible compensation structure. The state has not completed a comprehensive evaluation of the management system in almost 25 years, although we review it for classified employees every two years as part of the collective bargaining process.
2. Procurement Improvement, Multi-Agency Price Agreement Delegation, improving the process for delegating authority to agencies. Through this project, the state will determine the best circumstances for using multi-agency price agreements. A pilot project will explore how the state can fully use agencies’ expertise for specific procurements. These differ from “enterprise” price agreements, such as for office supplies or systems furniture, because only a few agencies need to purchase the goods or service.
3. Payroll Consolidation, increasing the efficiency and accuracy of payroll processes in state government. Several agencies have stepped forward to participate in pilot groups to create shared service centers. Dozens of payroll professionals who know the work are at the table tackling the challenges of the existing processes and systems. The goal is for the shared services arrangements to lead to more efficient, customer-service oriented processes. Sharing the best time and attendance processes and systems is one example.
For information on other projects to improve Oregon state government, visit http://www.oregon.gov/COO/ELT/Pages/projects/index.aspx.