Planning, Research, Evaluation, and Communications Division

Anna Wrigley Miller

The Planning, Research, Evaluation, and Communications Division of OPB is responsible for strategic planning, communications, and legislation tracking and analysis. The division provides guidance and assistance to OPB and to other state agencies in the strategic planning process, including helping to develop and track performance measures for agency programs. The division also provides state demographic projections and basic research. In addition to the above, staff provides project management and support for the Georgia Occupational Regulation Review Council.

The division performs specialized financial, technical, and policy reviews and analyses related to the state’s major capital outlay projects and programs. The division provides technical support by assisting OPB Budget Divisions with review and analysis of specific projects for which funding is being requested or considered. The division interacts directly with other state agencies involved in statewide capital issues and ongoing capital project planning, programming, design, construction, repair, and renovation activities. The division coordinates the development of a long-term statewide capital improvements program based on agency projections of capital needs consistent with their strategic plans. The division also responds to inquiries from the general public, legislators, and state agencies concerning capital project planning, management, and budget issues.

Guidelines for conducting predesign studies on major capital projects were made available in April 2001, representing another significant effort to support these activities. Predesign studies include facilities space planning, definition of performance and functional requirements, site analysis, construction cost estimates, and other project studies. Predesign also includes the development of the total project cost estimate to support the decision-making and approval process prior to the formal design and construction phases. Predesign and other Project Development activities are now documented in the State Construction Manual which is available online at the Georgia State Finance and Investment Commission (GSFIC) website.

The OPB Planning, Research, Evaluation, and Communications Division is responsible for:

  • Coordinating the preparation of state-level goals and indicators
  • Development of the state’s strategic planning model and process, including providing guidelines, technical assistance, and review of agency strategic plans
  • Policy and guidance related to the collection and use of program performance measures
  • Overseeing parts of the zero-based budgeting process
  • Drafting materials to promote strong communications externally
  • Answering media inquiries
  • Supporting the work of the Federal/State Cooperative Program for Population Estimates (FSCPE), as well as the State Data Center program
  • Providing support staff and research for the Georgia Occupational Regulation Review Council
  • Conducting research and special projects for the OPB Director and Governor’s Office
  • Coordinating agency requests to the GSFIC for redirection of bond proceeds
  • Coordinating the tracking of legislation within OPB
  • Working with the Department of Audits and Accounts to coordinate the fiscal notes process

The division works with the following agencies for budgetary purposes:

Department of Audits and Accounts

Employees' Retirement System

Teachers Retirement System

 


Capital Outlay Budget System (COBS)

State Construction Manual

Related Files

Predesign Guidelines