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About LeanOhio

The mission of LeanOhio is to make government services in Ohio simpler, faster, better, and less costly. Using continuous improvement methods such as Lean and Six Sigma, Ohio's state agencies are cutting red tape, removing inefficiencies, improving customer service, and achieving measurable results

The LeanOhio Network includes hundreds of state employees who have been involved in Kaizen events. Many have gone on to earn Green Belt or Black Belt certification. The Network includes state employee unions and members who promote Lean, improve processes, and partner with the state to teach Lean tools and strategies.

Each state agency has a Lean Liaison. This ensures communication and coordination throughout state government. Liaisons identify improvement opportunities, engage agency staff in improvement efforts, and ensure that changes are implemented and sustained.

LeanOhio is coordinated by the LeanOhio Office, within the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. Office associates are Lean experts who serve as internal consultants. Services include training, strategic planning, meeting facilitation, data collection and analysis, and Lean event leadership.
 
LeanOhio Headlines

Improved orientation process ensures greater personalized training and faster assignments for youth
September 11, 2014
Fact Sheet · Report-Out Presentation

New online slideshow:
What really happens at a Kaizen event?

Get an insider's look -- including examples, photos, and links to additional info.

9 grant application processes streamlined into 1
August 29, 2014
Report-Out Presentation

LeanOhio featured in FY 2014 DAS Annual Report
"LeanOhio completed more than 300 requests for services."
Read the section about LeanOhio · Download the full Annual Report

From the Springfield News-Sun:
Clark State hosts program aimed at cutting government waste
"Now we do it right the first time and can provide better services from the get-go." 
August 12, 2014 · Read the full article

From The Athens News:
No mud and drills at this boot camp
"We're trying to give them tools so they can create more capacity with the resources they already have." August 10, 2014 · Read the full article

Conference is now full. To add your name to a wait list, contact Theresa Lapp.
2014 Pathways to Excellence Conference: Lean Leadership

Wednesday, September 24, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This year's event includes five dynamic interactive sessions, including "Lean is a Team Sport" and "How to Pitch Your Improvement Idea." State employees can attend on state time provided they obtain supervisor approval before registering.

Learn More · Register

From Mass Transit Magazine:
SARTA Utilizes Lean Ohio Process to Streamline and Improve Transportation Services
"I think this is the best program the State of Ohio has ever put forward in my 20 years of local government service." July 25, 2014 · Read the full article

Now available for Kaizen team members: The Kaizen Event Survival Guide
July 25, 2014
Learn More · Download the 12-page PDF

Procurement process for Turnpike facilities will move up to 85 days faster
July 18, 2014
Fact Sheet · Report-Out Presentation

Value-Stream Mapping Event:
11 state agencies map out streamlined approach for managing federal grants

July 17, 2014 · Report-Out Presentation

From GovernmentExecutive.com:
Ohio's local governments head to Boot Camp
LeanOhio "is about taking waste out of your processes and making sure you focus on what your customers value." July 10, 2014 · Read the full article

Grants for crucial heating and cooling assistance will be processed 10 weeks faster on average
June 27, 2014
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Streamlined reception process will move inmates more quickly to their home institutions, strengthening safety and family support
June 13, 2014
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Youth-focused intake process will ensure better communication, greater personalized attention, and faster assignments to home institutions
May 16, 2014
Fact Sheet · Report-Out Presentation

Ohio Public Radio Statehouse New Bureau, Andy Chow reporting:
LeanOhio Aims to Cut Inefficiencies, Streamline Systems


Service providers will be more knowledgeable and better able to keep Ohioans with disabilities safe and healthy
April 18, 2014
Fact Sheet · Report-Out Presentation

Boards and providers will have faster access to funds through streamlined reporting and request processing
March 21, 2014
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Medicaid field reviews will get done 2 months faster while keeping the focus on outcomes
March 14, 2014
Fact Sheet · Report-Out Presentation

Motor carriers will receive needed credentials from PUCO up to 80% faster
February 27, 2014
To ensure road safety, PUCO requires annual registration of motor carriers. Staff used Kaizen to transform the registration process, making it far better for customers and staff alike....
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Law enforcement will get crucial crime-scene information up to 43% faster
February 20, 2014
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Ohio law enforcement and staff will get faster IT support from the AG's Office 
February 12, 2014
Quick access to information is crucial to law enforcement. That's why improvements to the AG's IT support process will further strengthen efforts to safeguard Ohioans....
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Aircraft registrations being processed in just 7 business days – compared to 275 days before Kaizen
February 4, 2014

One process and one application will speed up licensure, certification, and renewal
December 9, 2013
Mental health and addiction services providers will be able to complete one consolidated application for all services offered when applying or renewing their licensure or certification...
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Lean government initiative to fund local improvement
November 19, 2013
Cleveland Plain Dealer: A state initiative meant to weed out waste in government, increase efficiency and provide better service is being extended to training for local government officials. The new Local Government Efficiency Program, kicked off Monday at Cleveland State University, will provide scholarships for leaders from Ohio's cities, counties and school districts...
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Improvement on local level gets big boost with new program
November 18, 2013
The new Local Government Efficiency Program will fund scholarships for local government leaders to attend a public-sector training program at local colleges, universities, and other certified partners throughout Ohio. And grant funding will be provided to local governments to learn and use Lean Six Sigma to improve processes...
Fact Sheet · Additional info from the Ohio Development Services Agency

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The Local Government Efficiency Program includes grants of up to $100,000 to political subdivisions, or scholarships to employees of political subdivisions, for training in and implementation of process efficiency programs such as Lean, Kaizen, and Six Sigma. Approved training courses will be offered throughout the state.

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 from the Ohio Development Services Agency, which is partnering with the Department of Administrative Services to develop and manage the program.
 
 
At a Kaizen event, Governor John Kasich saluted the team, voiced his support, and encouraged more people and more agencies to put Kaizen to work. Click on the photo for more info.
Team members
 
The Kaizen experience in state government: "It was so incredible to see..." ODRC/PNN Multimedia