King County a leader in PeopleSoft update processes 

Crossposted from the DES Express  It takes a lot to keep PeopleSoft, the software the county uses for timekeeping, payroll and a host of other services, updated and usable by all departments and DES divisions.  “We’ve been striving to keep it up to date. Oracle moved it to continuous release, putting out updates four to five times a year,” said Hannah Gacey, PeopleSoft Release Set and Project Manager in the Business Resource Center. “We make sure that the new stuff aligns with our business processes.”  Read more. 

FMD security officers step up to the challenges 

Crossposted from the DES Express As COVID-19 unfolded, the Facilities Management Division developed a strategy to manage changing security needs in the county. The county originally contracted out security to help secure about 18 locations that were set up quickly in the pandemic, including Isolation and Quarantine sites, Assessment Centers/Recovery Centers, de-intensification sites for the homeless, and other COVID-related sites. “As part of our effort to ensure the highest level of service and support, FMD began a recruitment process for security officers to augment contract security at the sites. We’ve been able… Read More

Public Health-Seattle & King County receives national recognition for advancing environmental justice

By Sinang Lee, Program Manager Public Health’s Environmental Health Services Division’s Fun to Catch, Toxic to Eat Program for the Duwamish River Superfund site was one of 21 programs across the country to receive this year’s prestigious Model Practice Award by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). The award, as determined through a competitive, peer-reviewed process, celebrates local health departments for programs that demonstrate exemplary and replicable best practices in response to a critical local public health need. The program was recognized for building an innovative community participatory… Read More

King County IT GIS team receives SAG Award for ESJ work 

Crossposted from GIS & You  The King County Information Technology GIS For Equity & Social Justice Team received Esri’s Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award on July 13, 2020, at the annual Esri User Conference. Selected from over 300,000 eligible candidates, King County Information Technology received the award for its innovative application of mapping and analytics technology, as well as thought leadership in the field of GIS for Equity and Social Justice.  King County’s GIS for Equity and Social Justice program was developed to create methodologies, training and ultimately solutions that leverage or innovate GIS technology to Advance Equity… Read More

King County FBOD featured on PBS show for Lean accomplishments 

The King County Finance and Business Operations Division (FBOD) was recently highlighted in the PBS show “Behind the Scenes with Host Laurence Fishburne.” The segment focused on FBOD’s success with Lean, and how people solve problems and improve processes with online Lean Six Sigma Training & Certification courses. View the video segment below, and learn more about King County’s Lean journey here. 

Celebrating your service during Public Service Recognition Week

Dear fellow King County employee, Here at King County and around the world, the work of public servants has never been more important or more valued than right now during the global COVID-19 response, so it is fitting that this week is Public Service Recognition Week. You may be on the front lines, making sure that our community continues to receive the vital in-person services it counts on; or perhaps you have temporarily changed the way you deliver services so people can continue to get what they need without having to leave… Read More

Join us in thanking our community’s essential workers 

Crossposted from Public Health Insider  Over the past few weeks many people have transitioned to telecommuting to comply with Governor Inslee’s Stay Home order to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Many others, who are essential workers, will continue to report to their jobs to ensure critical public health, safety and infrastructure functions continue to support Washingtonians. They are making sure that there is food, water, electricity, trash and sanitation services, buses & trains running, and health care services and spaces.  Being an essential worker during the COVID-19 pandemic means potentially exposing themselves… Read More

PeopleSoft team receives innovator award 

Crossposted from DES Express  Thumbs up to the PeopleSoft team for recognition as an innovator at the recent Oracle OpenWorld conference. They created a disaster recovery option on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, selective adoption (PUM) and improved the user experience with fluid pages.  The team now has a world-wide presence on the PeopleSoft web site.  Mike Betschart also made his first official YouTube appearance. The PeopleSoft team Mike Betschart, the PeopleSoft Manager plus his leadership team: Tracey Dang Hannah Gacey Joe Isaacks Rey Rodriguez Technical Team Curtis Hanson Jay Hsiao Ken Kaspersen Prasanth Kondugari Ampalavanar Mohanakumar Analyst Team… Read More

Best of the best: King County Metro names Neal Safrin Operator of the Year

King County Metro announced in a surprise ceremony today that the Operator of the Year is Neal Safrin, whose commitment to excellence in safety, customer service, and service to his fellow operators represents the best of Metro. Safrin, 64, joined Metro in 1988 and is a report operator at North Base in Shoreline. Riders have seen his smiling face behind the wheel on dozens of bus routes across King County for decades. “The entire King County family could not be more proud of Neal and his 31 years of faithful service to… Read More

Life Cycle device replacement milestone 

The King County Information Technology (KCIT) Customer Support Services Provisioning team has deployed its 2,000th life cycle device replacement in August. LAN Administrator Daniel Co performed the deployment, bringing replacement equipment to Metro Administer Sara Stefano (pictured). The team is working towards replacing all Windows 7 devices by the end of the year, when Microsoft stops supporting it.   The team has almost doubled its monthly deployment numbers in the past two years, from an average of 235 a month in 2017 to an average of 461 a month in 2019. “The team has… Read More