Accomplishments and Current Projects in the Controller’s Office
One of the largest undertakings statewide involves the Controller’s Office, along with countless other state teams, on CORE.NV, the statewide initiative to upgrade the state accounting, human resources, budgeting, and payroll systems. The last time an upgrade to the accounting system was completed was 1998, and the initiative is implementing a software as a solution (SAAS) product and cloud data storage. Controller Matthews is one of three voting members on the executive steering committee for this project, and several members of the Controller’s Office team are participating in the subject matter expert and business process re-engineering portion of this important project that will bring the Silver State one modern solution to replace several older, out-of-date systems.
Nevada historically has been losing money in the form of unpaid debts owed to the state. In 2017, we went live with a modern debt collection system that has demonstrated positive results in the form of increased collections. This system has allowed our team to automate first notices to debtors, produce reports automatically instead of using Excel spreadsheets and allows for bank levies and administrative garnishments to further enhance collections of revenues owed to the state. We encourage anyone who owes money to the state to be proactive and contact our office prior to being subjected to a garnishment or bank levy. This system will be further modernized as part of the CORE.NV project.
Our team, in partnership with the state chief information officer and his team, is finishing a new online checkbook project which goes live to the public at the beginning of 2024. This will allow any Nevada citizen to research spending, payroll, and state budgets in a user searchable, easy to use format. Data will be available going back for five fiscal years along with present day spending updated every weeknight. Completion of this project will further Controller Matthews’ vision of open, financial transparency in state government, which he promised to do while running for the office.