The Auditor of State, General Assembly and Kasich Administration are collaborating to ensure any information about the program that is posted on individual websites is also included in the more comprehensive online portal of information and resources related to shared services, SkinnyOhio.org. Through the development of this plan, ten separate statewide joint purchasing programs were identified. Many more exist regionally. The survey indicated that shared purchasing is the most common existing shared services activity in Ohio. However, the concept is loosely coordinated and not fully utilized. There are dozens of established programs, vendor and government websites and points of contact that provide a myriad of choices and decisions that can overwhelm purchasing officials. It was repeatedly noted in meetings that at some point, too many choices become overwhelming for new entrants into the market and a barrier. Saving money should not become a staff burden requiring extensive research, numerous web searches and multiple phone calls. For services and products that can be purchased by entities anywhere in Ohio, the State Department of Administrative Services (DAS) should create an online searchable portal of services and products available for procurement by local entities through existing joint purchasing programs or state contract. The database will pull information from other websites along with information about established programs to allow purchasing officers to compare prices across various sources (councils of government, consortia, state contract, etc.) and allow jurisdictions easy access to identify and contact officials from established programs appropriate for their intended purchase. This database can be created by DAS, or for the State, by a vendor. Examples of shared administrative services that would be available through the purchasing portal include: ▪▪Grant administration; ▪▪Purchasing; ▪▪Printing services; ▪▪Human resources and benefits management; ▪▪Staff contract negotiation; ▪▪Business services; ▪▪Insurance; ▪▪Food service.
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