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former CFO of the District of Columbia
frequently referred to OCFO employees as "bean counters". True, because at
their core, our jobs are to make certain
that the numbers are right, which is not a
simple task.
Some have also said that in the nottoo-distant past, the Office of Budget and
Planning (OBP) used technology not much
more complex than beans to create the
District's budgets. Nevertheless, the city
has had 22 consecutive years of balanced
budgets, and for 15 consecutive years,
OBP has received the Government Finance
Officers Association's Distinguished Budget
Presentation award. OBP produces one of
the most complex budget documents in
the nation, including state, county, municipal, and school district functions, totaling more than 3,000 pages because of the
legally required level of detail. And, it is
done twice a year, because of the requirement to send the budget to Congress after
Council's approval.
From the days of beans, the slide rule,
and the abacus, OBP has progressively
incorporated technology into its processes to craft balanced budgets and
financial plans in far less time and with
greater accuracy than ever.
The Early Years - 1980s
*	 Preparing the budget chapters took
days to complete, requiring OBP staff
to work 12 and 18-hour shifts in the

FIGURE 1 Through the 1980s and into the
early 1990s, OBP handwrote the budget by
Appropriation Title on a large 2' x 3' ledger.

weeks leading up to publication of the
District's budget volumes.
*	 OBP created budget documents with
a secretarial pool that would translate
data from hand-written ledger documents and type them on large sheets
using wide-format typewriters. Those
sheets would be returned to the budget
analysts, branch chiefs, and directors
to make hand-annotated edits. Then
dozens of these cumbersome sheets
would be retyped, sent to the printer to
be photocopied, shrunken to fit into the
budget book format, and then bound.
*	 Last-minute
changes
inevitably
required most of the staff to remain at
work all night.
*	
Late 1980s and 1990s
*	 Work
became
computer-based
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Bottom Line - Winter 2018

The Bottom Line - Winter 2018
In This Issue
CFO’s Journal: Why We Exist? The Question Every Business or Organization Should Answer
Introducing the New Continuous Improvement Officer Jeffrey A. Gander
From Abacus to ABC: OBP’s History of Technology Improvements as it Creates the District’s Budget
State of the Technology Union
Office of the Chief Risk Officer: Our Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Journey
Office of Management and Administration
OMA: Working Together to Serve the OCFO
OMA: Ensuring that the numbers are right
OMA: Getting the Job Done!
OMA: Path to Greatness Through My Eyes
OFOS: Maintaining a Strong Foundation for Financial Success
CSA: Embracing the SMARTER Culture
ASA: A Multi-Dimensional Team That Is Always Striving for Excellence
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The Bottom Line - Winter 2018 - In This Issue
The Bottom Line - Winter 2018 - CFO’s Journal: Why We Exist? The Question Every Business or Organization Should Answer
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The Bottom Line - Winter 2018 - 6
The Bottom Line - Winter 2018 - Introducing the New Continuous Improvement Officer Jeffrey A. Gander
The Bottom Line - Winter 2018 - From Abacus to ABC: OBP’s History of Technology Improvements as it Creates the District’s Budget
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The Bottom Line - Winter 2018 - State of the Technology Union
The Bottom Line - Winter 2018 - Office of the Chief Risk Officer: Our Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Journey
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The Bottom Line - Winter 2018 - Office of Management and Administration
The Bottom Line - Winter 2018 - OMA: Working Together to Serve the OCFO
The Bottom Line - Winter 2018 - OMA: Ensuring that the numbers are right
The Bottom Line - Winter 2018 - OMA: Getting the Job Done!
The Bottom Line - Winter 2018 - OMA: Path to Greatness Through My Eyes
The Bottom Line - Winter 2018 - OFOS: Maintaining a Strong Foundation for Financial Success
The Bottom Line - Winter 2018 - CSA: Embracing the SMARTER Culture
The Bottom Line - Winter 2018 - ASA: A Multi-Dimensional Team That Is Always Striving for Excellence
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