IT Optimization

 

Since launching the IT Optimization program in fiscal year 2012, DAS OIT and agencies have successfully centralized IT infrastructure and established a common direction for our IT community. Through these IT Optimization efforts, we have documented savings of over $103 million dollars over the past 30+ months. As a result, DAS OIT and agencies refocused IT spending on things that make Ohio a better place to live and do business. In fact, the State “flipped” IT spending from being 80% infrastructure and 20% application focused to currently 50% infrastructure and 50% applications. We continue to achieve great things together – because it takes all of us, working together and in concert, to continue to make the difference that we are making for Ohio and our citizens.

We have come a long way… but there is more to do! The progress we have made over the last four years is tremendous and could not have been achieved without your hard work and support. We need to build on this momentum to continue to increase efficiencies, improve service, reduce complexity and realize savings.

Ohio’s IT Optimization has laid a foundation for success. DAS OIT and agencies will continue their work on the following three priorities:

  • Creating high-quality citizen and business experiences with State programs
  • Supporting State employees with common and efficient enterprise solutions
  • Providing secure and reliable information technology solutions

Additional details regarding Ohio’s three year IT strategy are outlined within the “Ohio IT Strategy: January 2016” document, which is available on this IT Optimization Website (Resources Tab/Strategic Resources).

Stu Davis
State CIO/
Assistant Director

MARCS to Host FirstNet Kickoff Conference - 01.12.2018

As mentioned in a previous newsletter, the State of Ohio recently decided to opt-in to FirstNet. The FirstNet public/private partnership venture is aimed at building, operating, and maintaining a nationwide wireless broadband data network designed to meet the distinct communications needs of public safety: interoperability, security, availability, and reliability at the speed and level of efficiency required by first responders. This new wireless network will be built at no cost to the state.

On January 17, 2018, Ohio officially begins its effort to implement FirstNet when MARCS hosts the State of Ohio FirstNet Kickoff Conference. Dusty Rhoads, Branch Chief for the Office of Emergency Communications Department of Homeland Security, will be a featured speaker at the event. Mr. Rhoads will address the importance of statewide land mobile radio (LMR) systems such as MARCS and the augmenting technologies provided by FirstNet that fulfill some of the recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission Report.

For additional information, visit FirstNet.


Enterprise ePayment Gateway Service - RFP Awarded - 01.05.2018 

DAS recently awarded a request for proposals (RFP), for an Enterprise ePayment Gateway Service. This award is the result of a re-bid opportunity for Ohio’s ePayment service and CBOSS, Inc., the current provider, was successful in winning the state’s business again. The new contract includes a rate card for professional services that will provide a means for agencies without ePayment expertise in-house to take advantage of the enterprise service. As with the prior contract, the gateway pricing is transaction based. However, the state was able to secure a slight decrease in the rate, which will deliver savings to agencies who utilize the service. 

CBOSS, Inc. will continue to provide a vendor hosted, operated and maintained ePayment gateway that can process Automated Clearing House (ACH), credit card, debit card, and other payment transactions as well as support online bill presentment in support of agency systems and processes. In addition, the ePayment service will be capable of processing payments on various platforms, including Web, mobile devices, and IVR (interactive voice response). 

Special thanks to Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel's Office; the Ohio Office of Budget and Management; the Ohio Departments of Education, Medicaid, and Public Safety; and our partners at DAS for their assistance in developing the requirements and evaluating the responses to this RFP.


Coming Soon - 12-character Passwords - 12.22.2017

Password requirements for enterprise (e.g., OAKS) and DAS managed systems will move from eight to 12 characters on January 19th. This change includes systems that sync with the DAS Active Directory ID environment (e.g., password that most of State of Ohio employees use to sign into their workstations and access Office 365 email and SharePoint).  Therefore, users changing passwords on their standard reset cycle on or after January 19th will need to select passwords which are 12 characters or longer.

The benefits of a longer password include strengthened security to protect the state’s workforce and systems from cyber attacks, alignment with password best practices, and compliance with DAS policies and standards.

Longer passwords are commonly referred to as “passphrases” and require creativity to both select and recall. Passphrase creation best practices include:

  • Using a combination of at least 12 alpha numeric (upper and lower case, and numbers), and special characters (e.g., $, &, %, #); and
  • Creatively combined and seemingly unrelated words that create a complex password that can withstand attack.

Please note that passwords found in a dictionary create risk for a “dictionary attack.” A dictionary attack is when a bad actor uses an automated tool to take control of a user account with words found in a dictionary as the password.

Twelve-character passwords can be adopted now before becoming required in January. In addition, eight-character passwords can be used until they expire, even after the change is implemented.

Additional password changes to look for in 2018 include:

  • Shortening password validity from 90 days to 60 days; and
  • Locking accounts after a set number of unsuccessful login attempts.

For questions or comments regarding password policy updates, please contact Carolyn Jordan of the DAS Office of Information Security and Privacy at carolyn.jordan@das.ohio.gov.


Ohio Benefits – County Interactive Voice Response (IVR) Project Deployment - 12.15.2017

In 2013, the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation (OHT) initiated a modernization project to simplify state and local responsibility for eligibility determination, starting with updating its legacy eligibility systems. To achieve OHT’s vision, the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) in partnership with the Departments of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), Medicaid (ODM) and counties developed and delivered the innovative Ohio Benefits integrated eligibility system, as a flexible and interoperable solution that supports the full continuum of health and human services programs and services.

As one of the key innovations pioneered by the Ohio Benefits Project, the team is set to deploy Interactive Voice Response (IVR) technology to Ohio counties that will allow consumers to access real-time information regarding their Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Ohio Works First (OWF) benefits. 
 
Preparation for the launch of an IVR Pilot is currently underway, which will begin in Wood and Hamilton counties on December 15, 2017. The team is targeting the full deployment of the IVR solution statewide beginning on December 29, 2017. 
 
The IVR service will be made available on the enterprise contact center number – (844) 640-6446 – and the graphic below illustrates the following inbound and outbound IVR functionality features at launch:

Inbound IVR Functionality

The importance of this initiative is reinforced by Tim McCartney, Hamilton County’s Chief Operating Officer, who stated, “The use of IVR is a great initiative that the State is driving that has the potential for real impact for our workers and clients. When fully operational the IVR should reduce the number of calls our call center receives, allowing our workers to spend their time providing services and care for our clients, and not on the phone answering questions related to benefits status information. This will make a big impact to our workforce.” 

David Wigent, the Director of Wood County also shared, “Wood County is excited to be a part of the IVR Pilot program as we recognize the value that this will bring to our staff and clients. In particular, the outbound dialing and texting capabilities will further strengthen our ability to proactively communicate with our clients and provide key information in a format that is easy and convenient for them.”

An additional set of features are planned for future enhancements post-pilot. Key future features are captured in the graphic below.

Additional Features Planned for Future

For any specific questions related to the Ohio Benefits IVR Pilot Deployment or future enhancements, please contact Deven Mehta (Deven.Mehta@das.ohio.gov).


Ohio Awards First Data Analytics Exploratory Project Solicitation - 12.8.2017

The State of Ohio recently awarded the first data analytics exploratory project (EP) solicitation, Infant Mortality. The solicitation was successful, resulting in 13 on-time responses. After a thorough evaluation process, the award was made to Accenture LLP. 

The Ohio Department of Health, in coordination with the Ohio Department of Medicaid, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, released the Infant Mortality EP solicitation to the pool of pre-qualified Life Sciences and Public Health expertise contractors created through the Data Analytics RFP. Now that the award has been made, the agencies will begin working with Accenture LLP to conduct an exploratory applied analytic project to identify novel, actionable interventions to reduce and prevent Ohio’s infant mortality rate. Accenture LLP will be using qualified data scientists, project managers and clinical, social or behavioral science subject matter experts in its’ efforts.

Additional details are available within the Infant Mortality Exploratory Project Solicitation.


Launch of Ohio Benefits Process Automation Pilot Project - 12.1.2017

The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) is pleased to announce the launch of the Ohio Benefits Process Automation Pilot Project with Hamilton County Job & Family Services (HCJFS). This initiative is an extension of the Ohio Benefits journey that began in February 2013, when DAS launched the Ohio Benefits integrated eligibility project to be a flexible and future platform for all income-tested programs in Ohio. Since it’s initiation, the Ohio Benefits project has implemented a robust portfolio of projects and solutions that have advanced the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation’s vision for streamlining human services transformation in Ohio. Currently, both Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) and Aged, Blind, and Disabled (ABD) Medicaid programs are supported in Ohio Benefits, and a pilot program for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) / Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is underway in Clark, Fairfield, Licking, Summit and Warren Counties. 

The first of its kind in state government across Ohio and the nation, the Ohio Benefits Process Automation Pilot Project aims to automate two processes that HCJFS case workers perform, in an effort to improve and streamline county procedures and workload management practices. The first process is designed to expedite the addition of newborns to their mother’s Medicaid case in Ohio Benefits. The second process is focused on automating one of the social security interface alerts that the counties must address.

The Ohio Benefits Process Automation Pilot begins in November 2017, with the design and testing phases expected to run through January 2018 and a go live date anticipated for February 2018. Once live, DAS, along with HCJFS, and the Ohio Job and Family Services Directors’ Association, will work together to explore options for a statewide implementation so that all counties may benefit from this process automation. 

Tim McCartney, Chief Operating Officer at HCJFS, is excited that Hamilton County is participating in this cutting edge pilot: “As the pilot project gets underway, HCJFS looks forward to continuing to work with DAS to explore automating these processes that will improve efficiency. There are significant synergies to be gained by thoughtfully simplifying where and how certain case processing tasks are managed. We believe that process automation will allow our workers to focus on client engagement and improve service delivery.” 

Moreover, the Ohio Benefits Process Automation Pilot Project also aligns and accomplishes many of the State of Ohio’s IT Optimization program objectives: “Ohio Benefits Project leadership has always been innovative and forward-looking when identifying and delivering enterprise solutions that directly support and streamline processes for state and county team members. DAS is dedicated to exploring new and creative ways to implement IT transformation, and process automation is a great example of using technology to create impact and value,” said Stu Davis, State Chief Information Officer and Assistant Director for the DAS Office of Information Technology.

Lastly, Deven Mehta, Ohio Benefits Program Director, states that, “The Ohio Benefits Project Team is excited to partner with HCJFS leadership and staff in piloting this important and industry leading automation initiative. The Ohio Benefits project continuously looks for opportunities to deploy solutions that directly impact our County partners and help streamline the process to serve their clients. This Pilot is one more tool to aid the Counties in changing the way health and human services are delivered to clients.”

Looking ahead, the Ohio Benefits Process Automation Team is preparing to begin baseline data collection activities (i.e. time studies) for the two aforementioned processes to analyze impact and frequency. Special thanks to Hamilton County Job & Family Services leadership and staff whose engagement and commitment made achieving this pilot launch possible.

For any specific questions related to the Ohio Benefits Process Automation Pilot, please contact Deven Mehta (Deven.Mehta@das.ohio.gov).


Ohio Benefits Project All Hands Meeting Recognized Key Milestone - 11.17.2017

On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, the Ohio Benefits project team conducted an All Hands Meeting wherein project, agency, and county leadership and staff gathered together to recognize and celebrate project accomplishments to date. Most recently, on Monday, November 6, 2017, the Ohio Benefits Project Team successfully went live with the Ohio Benefits Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) / Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Pilot in Clark, Fairfield, Licking, Summit and Warren counties. This monumental milestone, which involved the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) in partnership with the Departments of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), Medicaid (ODM) and counties, serves as a culmination of years of collaboration, partnership and dedication across agencies and vendors. Since the project’s initiation in February 2013, the Ohio Benefits eligibility system is one of the central efforts of the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation’s (OHT) modernization project, driving to simplify state and local responsibility for eligibility determination, starting with updating its legacy eligibility systems.

Deven Mehta, Ohio Benefits Program Director and Deputy Director of Enterprise Shared Solutions for DAS, set the tone of the event by praising the team’s dedication and ability to meet each milestone: “When moving at the speed of a project of this size and magnitude, one forgets to pause and take a moment to appreciate what has been accomplished and all the hard work that the teams have given to the project’s success. While no project is without challenges, and there is still a long journey ahead, I would like to thank the entire Ohio Benefits Team and our agency and county partners for their hard work, and for their commitment to making tomorrow better than today.”

During the meeting, Deven also shared the Ohio Benefits project’s plans for 2018, which includes additional consumer and worker-focused initiatives as part of its robust portfolio of projects and solutions that will further OHT’s vision for transforming the way the state delivers health and human services to residents. 

Speakers at the Ohio Benefits System All Hands Meeting included:

• Greg Moody, Director of Governor's Office of Health Transformation
• Bob Blair, Director of the Department of Administrative Services 
• Michael McCreight, Assistant Director of the Department of Job & Family Services
• Barbara Sears, Director of the Department of Medicaid
• Stu Davis, Chief Information Officer of the Department of Administrative Services
• Joel Potts, Executive Director of the Ohio Job & Family Services Directors' Association
• Tim McCartney, Chief Operating Officer of Hamilton County CDJFS

All of the speakers reinforced their appreciation to the state and county project team members and stakeholders for their dedication and support to reach this key Ohio Benefits milestone. 

Looking ahead, the Ohio Benefits project team is preparing for the statewide rollout of SNAP/TANF functionality in the system to the remaining 83 counties, which is tentatively planned for May 2018. This will once again align Ohio’s largest income-tested benefit programs – Medicaid, SNAP and TANF – within one integrated eligibility system.

For any specific questions related to the Ohio Benefits system implementation, please contact Deven Mehta (Deven.Mehta@das.ohio.gov).


Ohio Benefits Project All Hands Meeting Recognized Key Milestone - 11.17.2017

On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, the Ohio Benefits project team conducted an All Hands Meeting wherein project, agency, and county leadership and staff gathered together to recognize and celebrate project accomplishments to date. Most recently, on Monday, November 6, 2017, the Ohio Benefits Project Team successfully went live with the Ohio Benefits Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) / Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Pilot in Clark, Fairfield, Licking, Summit and Warren counties. This monumental milestone, which involved the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) in partnership with the Departments of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), Medicaid (ODM) and counties, serves as a culmination of years of collaboration, partnership and dedication across agencies and vendors. Since the project’s initiation in February 2013, the Ohio Benefits eligibility system is one of the central efforts of the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation’s (OHT) modernization project, driving to simplify state and local responsibility for eligibility determination, starting with updating its legacy eligibility systems.

Deven Mehta, Ohio Benefits Program Director and Deputy Director of Enterprise Shared Solutions for DAS, set the tone of the event by praising the team’s dedication and ability to meet each milestone: “When moving at the speed of a project of this size and magnitude, one forgets to pause and take a moment to appreciate what has been accomplished and all the hard work that the teams have given to the project’s success. While no project is without challenges, and there is still a long journey ahead, I would like to thank the entire Ohio Benefits Team and our agency and county partners for their hard work, and for their commitment to making tomorrow better than today.”

During the meeting, Deven also shared the Ohio Benefits project’s plans for 2018, which includes additional consumer and worker-focused initiatives as part of its robust portfolio of projects and solutions that will further OHT’s vision for transforming the way the state delivers health and human services to residents.

Speakers at the Ohio Benefits System All Hands Meeting included:

• Greg Moody, Director of Governor's Office of Health Transformation
• Bob Blair, Director of the Department of Administrative Services
• Michael McCreight, Assistant Director of the Department of Job & Family Services
• Barbara Sears, Director of the Department of Medicaid
• Stu Davis, Chief Information Officer of the Department of Administrative Services
• Joel Potts, Executive Director of the Ohio Job & Family Services Directors' Association
• Tim McCartney, Chief Operating Officer of Hamilton County CDJFS

All of the speakers reinforced their appreciation to the state and county project team members and stakeholders for their dedication and support to reach this key Ohio Benefits milestone.

Looking ahead, the Ohio Benefits project team is preparing for the statewide rollout of SNAP/TANF functionality in the system to the remaining 83 counties, which is tentatively planned for May 2018. This will once again align Ohio’s largest income-tested benefit programs – Medicaid, SNAP and TANF – within one integrated eligibility system.

For any specific questions related to the Ohio Benefits system implementation, please contact Deven Mehta (Deven.Mehta@das.ohio.gov).


Successful Launch of Ohio Benefits System SNAP/TANF Pilot - 11.10.2017

The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) in partnership with the Departments of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) and Medicaid (ODM) are pleased to announce the launch of the Ohio Benefits SNAP/TANF Pilot in Clark, Fairfield, Licking, Summit and Warren counties. This monumental milestone serves as a culmination of years of collaboration, partnership and dedication across agencies and vendors. Furthermore, the launch of the pilot now sets in motion the process to begin to sunset the legacy CRIS-E system, ultimately bringing us one step closer to achieving the Office of Health Transformation’s vision of enhancing and transforming the delivery of human services. 

The magnitude of this milestone is reinforced in the recognition that the Ohio Benefits journey began in February 2013, when DAS launched the Ohio Benefits integrated eligibility project to be a flexible and future platform for all income-tested programs in Ohio. Since the project’s initiation, the Ohio Benefits project has implemented a robust portfolio of projects and solutions that have advanced OHT’s vision for human services transformation in Ohio. Notably, both MAGI and ABD Medicaid programs have gone live in Ohio Benefits as well as the Enterprise Document Management Solution to the Canton District. 

With the launch of the SNAP/TANF Pilot, all counties statewide also received Medicaid-only system improvements, enhancements and defect fixes to further streamline the case processing experience for our case workers. 

The Ohio Benefits system is one of the central efforts of the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation’s (OHT) modernization project driving to simplify state and local responsibility for eligibility determination, starting with updating its legacy eligibility systems. In a statement from OHT Director Greg Moody, “The hard work and creativity of the Ohio Benefits Project team put Ohio in a better position to more effectively meet the basic needs of our citizens. Throughout this project, the Ohio Department of Administrative Services has pioneered new concepts to drive efficiency, including industry-leading solutions for county shared services, enterprise document management and workflow, and interactive voice recognition capabilities for our counties. This is a significant achievement — the next important milestone in a series of successful reforms that are improving human services and health outcomes for all Ohioans.” 

ODJFS Director Cynthia Dungey reinforced the significance of the milestone when she shared, “I am so proud of my ODJFS team, as well as DAS and counties, for all their hard work and dedication to get us to today. This milestone is significant as it signals the transition to the new Ohio Benefits system and the start of sun-setting our current CRIS-E system. All transitions to new systems are complex and challenging, but this will be well worth the effort and beneficial to Ohioans.”

Stu Davis, State Chief Information Officer, shared, “Congratulations to the entire team for their hard work and dedication in making this pilot successful and enabling county shared services. The alignment of JFS, Medicaid, county JFS/association, OHT, OBM and DAS has proven to be a strong partnership, with solid teamwork to be change agents in moving the State forward. Well done!”

Along with new functionality and enhancements, Ohio also launched a centralized enterprise document management and workflow solution that is tightly integrated with the Ohio Benefits system platform. The pilot counties now join the Canton District as being live on the new solution, and the statewide rollout to the remaining counties is planned for 2018. 

This milestone was also celebrated by project partners: “The Ohio Benefits project has always been committed to supporting and serving Ohio’s counties and communities, and I want to recognize and thank the entire project team for their dedication, energy, and the innovative solutions they have delivered to this state,” said Joel Potts, Executive Director of the Ohio Job and Family Services Directors’ Association. 

Lastly, Deven Mehta, Ohio Benefits Program Director shared: “It goes without saying: large technology transformation projects are complex and challenging. However, time and time again, the Ohio Benefits team has gone above and beyond and is achieving the State’s strategic goal of increasing standardization, efficiency, and collaboration across counties for both Citizens and workers. We would not be where we are without the contributions made by each and every member of this team.”

For any specific questions related to the Ohio Benefits system implementation, please contact Deven Mehta (Deven.Mehta@das.ohio.gov).


Enterprise Workflow and Document Management - 11.3.2017

In an effort to transform Health and Human Services program delivery, standardize business processes, and improve client outcomes, DAS continues its implementation of the Ohio Enterprise Document Management and Workflow solution.

Working closely with the Ohio Job and Family Services Directors’ Association (OJFSDA), the state’s goal is to bring all 88 Counties onto one unifying platform and solution to allow for increased standardization, collaboration across counties, and increased efficiency.

The significance of this initiative is reinforced by Joel Potts, the OJFSDA Executive Director, who stated “one of the greatest challenges at the local level in the health and human services field in Ohio has been the increased need to save and manage the huge amounts of documents collected by the County Job and Family Services agencies. One by one counties have invested in technologies to meet this growing demand and the result is a hodgepodge of systems that do not allow for seamless information sharing across county lines. We are extremely pleased and excited about the Canton District pilot counties currently using the Enterprise Document Management system and for the eventual rollout that would bring the other remaining counties onto the system as well. This will allow for cross-county collaboration to deliver critical services to our clients in a simplified and streamlined manner.”

Deven Mehta, the DAS Ohio Benefits Program Director, further captured the importance of this initiative and implementation when he stated “the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation (OHT) has a clear vision to transform health and human service delivery in Ohio, and DAS is excited to lead the collaborative effort with the Departments of Medicaid, Job and Family Services and the Counties to identify and implement value added solutions that directly promote OHT’s vision. This solution does just that, and I am pleased that Ohio Benefits project can be the driving force to bring this to the Counties.”

The initiative began in January 2016, when the state successfully launched the enterprise solution across 20 Counties in the Canton District. The centralized enterprise document management and workflow solution was integrated with the Ohio Benefits system platform, and together, serve as the critical components toward achieving a streamlined County Department of Job and Family Services (CDJFS) caseworker and customer experience.

The Canton District pilot successfully demonstrated several significant benefits for counties and consumers, including:

  • Innovative Technologies – Leveraging new tools to improve and accelerate access to care for specific under-served populations
  • Greater Collaboration and Data Sharing Among Counties – Improved avenues for consumer data sharing, communication, and workload sharing among counties – especially during open enrollment and/or emergencies
  • Standardization of Taxonomy – A new standardized taxonomy on how information is stored will allow for simplified processes and clearer organization of client information among counties
  • Increased Caseworker and Consumer Satisfaction – Consumers directly benefit from these new technologies and solutions, which provide a smoother and more efficient experience within CDJFS offices, as pre-filled forms and dedicated workflows helped automate and accelerate document processing and viewing for caseworkers.

As part of the Ohio Benefits SNAP/TANF Pilot, the Enterprise Document Management and Workflow solution implementation continues with the pilot counties in Fairfield, Licking, Summit, Warren, and Clark. The statewide rollout for Ohio’s remaining counties is planned for late 2017 through early 2018. In addition, as part of the statewide implementation, all counties will benefit from additional capabilities, including:

  • Self-service kiosks within offices to help expedite the frequent and time-consuming task of processing and scanning consumer documents
  • Appointment and lobby management solutions that will help streamline the service process for consumers and enhance the productivity and accountability of CDJFS caseworkers

For any specific questions related to the Ohio Enterprise Document Management and Workflow solution, please contact Deven Mehta (Deven.Mehta@das.ohio.gov).  


Ohio Cybersecurity Day - 10.27.2017

Join us on November 27, 2017 for Ohio Cybersecurity Day at the Department of Transportation in Columbus, Ohio. This event, sponsored by DAS OIT, offers informative discussions and presentations on current cybersecurity topics. Attend the event to:

This year’s conference features a number of cybersecurity experts, including representatives from the DAS Office of Information Security and Privacy, FBI, Gartner, Interhack Corporation, Ohio Department of Public Safety, Ohio Homeland Security, Ohio National Guard, Skyhigh Networks, Ubersecure, and Verizon.

Please plan to take advantage of this free conference for public sector IT and cybersecurity professionals.

Registration is now open!
Visit www.infosec.ohio.gov for more information.


Ohio Turnpike Commission Prepares for Autonomous Vehicles - 10.20.2017 

The Plain Dealer recently published an article, “Ohio Turnpike Commission approves communications system for connected and autonomous vehicles,” announcing the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission’s recent approval  of a $1.46 million contract with Logicalis to promote vehicle communication technology. As a result of the project, sensors will be installed along portions of the turnpike and will be used to transmit important information to connected vehicles such as traffic, weather, and work zone details.

The effort is a proof-of-concept in support of Governor Kasich’s DriveOhio plan. Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission Executive Director Randy Cole, as quoted in The Plain Dealer article, stated, "The Ohio Turnpike is embracing its role on the forefront of transportation technology. We expect immediate safety and efficiency benefits."1

 1 Segall, Grant. “Ohio Turnpike Commission approves" communications system for connected and autonomous vehicles.” The Plain Dealer 16 October 2017.   19 October 2017 <http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/ 2017/10/ohio _turnpike_commission_approves_ communications_system_for_connected_and_autonomous_vehicles.html>.


Ohio IT in the News - 10.13.2017

The State of Ohio was recently featured in The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Stateline and Government Technology's “One-Stop Shopping for State Services On Its Way” article. The article discusses the common desire among states to create portals that connect agencies and allow individuals and businesses to have an “Amazon-like” experience when purchasing services or conducting business with state governments.

Derek Bridges, Program Executive for The Ohio Digital Experience (ODX), outlined Ohio’s concept in the article, “The vision is for users, both individuals and businesses, to be able to log on and not only order any state service but also check on recent transactions.” He also advised, “Ohio has built a digital portal; it is working to connect nearly two dozen state programs to it and hopes to add many more.”

These capabilities and more are delivered by the Ohio Digital Experience (ODX), which provides a secure and private digital identity and an intuitive and interactive user experience for Ohio’s citizens, businesses, and workforce. ODX solutions are available to all state agencies through enterprise licensing negotiated by ODX. To learn more about ODX, please contact ohio.digital.experience@das.ohio.gov.

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Technology Board

A newly created Technology Board will help to enhance enterprise IT alignment and ensure agency interests are represented within the IT governance process and duplicative activities are minimized. The board aligns agencies according to common purpose within five Lines of Business (LoB). Agency CIOs will be aligned by LoB to facilitate the discussion of opportunities, issues, and concerns within their partner agencies. We have selected five Line of Business Leads (LoB Leads) to drive long-term acceptance and sustainability of IT solutions that support the State’s objectives for IT Optimization. The LoB, their associated LoB Leads, and partner agencies are organized as follows:

Line of
Business
LoB
Lead
Partner
Agencies
Health and Human Services
Michelle Burk
Department of Developmental Disabilities
Aging
Developmental Disabilities
Health
Job & Family Services
Medicaid
Mental Health & Addiction Services
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (formerly Rehabilitation Services Commission)
Veterans Services
Business and Industry
Mark Walker
Department of Taxation
Bureau of Workers’ Compensation
Commerce
Development
Industrial Commission
Insurance
Public Utilities Commission
Secretary of State*
Taxation
Administration and Finance
Michael Carmack
Department of Education
Administrative Services
Auditor*
Budget and Management
Education
House of Representatives*
Legislative Information Systems*
Lottery
Regents
Senate*
Treasurer of State*
Public Safety & Criminal Justice
Vinko Kucinic
Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections
Adjutant General
Attorney General*
Public Defender*
Public Safety
Rehabilitation & Correction
Supreme Court*
Inspector General
Youth Services
Infrastructure and Environment
Rick Magni Environmental Protection Agency
Agriculture
Environmental Protection
Natural Resources
Ohio Turnpike & Infrastructure Commission*
Transportation
* Voluntary participation
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