The Ohio Controlling Board


The controlling board is a committee that is formed by seven memberswho are tasked with various responsibilities. The board is taskedwith the responsibility of providing controls and oversight to theexecutive (Ohio OBP, 2013). The board is normally led by the directorof the office of the Budget and management or a member from thisoffice who is appointed by the director. Other members include thechair of the senate and the chair of house finance committee (OhioOBP, 2013). Other members include the majority and the minoritymembers from both the senate and the house. These seven people offerlegislative oversight on the executive actions with regards tomatters pertaining to the budget process and the allocation ofresources.

The composition of the board and its roles make it interesting. Thisis because the members are pooled from different institutions andthey work together towards the allocation of resources. The boardmembers are also professionals hence making the board a combinationof various talents and varying viewpoints hence making itinteresting. Additionally, being the board that is tasked with theresponsibility of allocating resources, transferring funds, andmoving them from one fiscal year to the other (Ohio OBP, 2013).Lastly, being the board that deals with the legislative work, it isclear that this is interesting especially considering that the boardprovides oversight to the executive.

The board has a number of responsibilities that it is tasked with.One of the major and general roles of the board is to provideoversight on the actions of the executive. The board has theresponsibility of making deliberations on agency requests regardingthe following the board has the power to decide on whether money canbe transferred from one fiscal year to the next (Ohio OBP, 2013).Additionally, the board can also transfer funds from one line item tothe other or transfer money from one fund to the other. The board hasthe power to approve the expenditure of all the appropriated funds.It is worth noting that there are instances where there are excessfunds which were not anticipated. The controlling board has thepowers to approve the expenditure of such excess funds. Thecontrolling board stands for a seven member committee that ensurescontrols the expenditure of the appropriated funds. The board alsoensures that there are proper adjustments to the budget (Ohio OBP,2013). This board was first enacted in 19717 and it has beenfunctional since then. The committee has to meet every other twoweeks make various deliberations on the adjustments to the budget.

For one to be a member of the board, there are various requirements.As it has been mentioned above, the members come from distinctinstitutions and one must be from such institution to be a member.For instance, one has to belong either to the majority party or theminority party. The chair of the office of budget and management isalso a member and the chair of the board. Members have professionalbackgrounds from various fields such as law and economics (Ohio OBP,2013). The current board constitutes Sen. Bill Coley who has abackground in finance hence his input to the board is essential.Another member of the board is Sen.Tom Sawyer who has a background professionin education. He third member is Sen.Chris Widener is a strong member with aprofessional background in architecture. Rep.Ryan Smith is yet another member of thecontrolling board who is a representative in the House ofRepresentatives and has a professional background in finance. Anothermember is Rep. Jeff McClain who has a professional background inaccounting. Rep. Kevin Boyce is another member of the board who has aprofessional background in political science. Christine Morrison isthe president of the board and has a professional background inmathematics.


Ohio OBP. (2013).&nbspA guidebook for Ohio legislators. Chapter8: The Ohio Budget Process. Columbus: Ohio Legislative ServiceCommission. Pdf.