The County of Orange Commuter
Assistance Program received a 2002 Transportation
Partnership Award. The award presented by the OCTA and
the Orange County Business Council recognized the
rideshare program for its “Integrated Marketing and
The award-winning program includes
an automated message center, 30 On-site Coordinators, 30
information display racks, the online County Commuter
Newsletter and the rideshare program web site. The
marketing and outreach program is designed to support
and promote more effective use of the transportation
systems in Orange County by encouraging employees to
seek alternative modes of travel.
Orange County was recently named
one of 18 nationwide winners of the prestigious Eddy
Awards in recognition of our Defined Contribution Plan
communications. The Eddy Awards, the Pensions &
Investments Defined Contribution Investment Education
Awards, recognize the best in high quality investment
education for defined contribution participants. Employee
Benefits, under the leadership of Patti Gilbert, has
won a third national award for the creativity, effectiveness,
and completeness of the investment information presented
to our employees.
Orange County's CEO/Human Resources Employee Benefits
has been awarded the
2003 Leadership Recognition Award from the National
Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators
Association for our "Pathways to Your Financial
Future" communications plan.
BenefitsCorp has awarded the 2003 Award for Public Excellence
(APEX) to the Employee Benefits "Pathways to Your
Financial Future" brochure, one element of the
program's communication plan, for excellence in graphic
design, editorial content and the success in achieving
overall communications effectiveness and excellence.
Weathering a budget storm is not easy, but Orange County
looked at $50 million to $60 million shortfall in the
eye and engaged its most precious resource - its employees.
Teams of labor management committees engaged employees
to identify strategies to eliminate waste and promote
workplace efficiency. By August 2002, more than 1,000
ideas were submitted, many of which were implemented
with estimated savings of over $2.8 million. A website
keeps employees informed on new progress, and county
managers held "breakfast meetings" to report
additional results and exchange new ideas. Other agencies
are replicating this process in their ongoing efforts
toward improving workplace efficiency. Because of this
effort, Employee Relations got a 2003
CSAC Challenge Award "Honorable Mention"
for the Labor Management Budget Reduction Process. It
highlighted that more than 1000 ideas were submitted
by employees that resulted in an estimated savings of
over $2.8 million dollars. This effort was undertaken
to address the $50-60 million shortfall in the budget.