- Effective January 2013 -
Consolidation of Central Services and Office of Computer Information Systems
As part of the multi-year transformation of Dutchess County Government the former departments of Central Services and Office of Computer Information Systems (OCIS) are now consolidated into the new and enhanced Office of Central and Information Services (OCIS) under the leadership of a single Commissioner. The consolidation of the two departments focuses on service improvements, shared services, sustainability and new collaborations that will result in long term county cost savings. Taxpayers are saving more than $300,000 annually through this consolidation.
The two new divisions, Central Services and Computer Information Services share common focus and goals – providing support and services to other county government departments so they can more efficiently and cost-effectively deliver programs and services to the public. The primary mission of the Computer Information Services division is to use computer technologies to provide services, including telecommunications, to county agencies and municipalities, and provide e-Government internet based service for use by the public, local businesses and other government agencies. The Central Services division’s primary mission is to assist county departments in providing services to the public cost-effectively through central purchasing, contract administration, printing services, mail service, inventory control and central billing.
The consolidation of the two departments allows for greater integration of services, both internally with county government departments to improve workflow and productivity and externally with municipalities to make use of new technology and other collaboration opportunities.
Like most government entities, Dutchess County is faced with the dual challenge of severe fiscal issues while trying to meet greater needs and expectations from the public. At this time, it’s especially important that OCIS work with County departments to continue to add efficiencies and reduce costs as well as expand on-line services to support the public and local businesses. The need for information technology and innovative services has never been greater. Meeting this need is a challenge that OCIS fully understands and embraces.
Timothy E. Mahler, Commissioner