Session #10

Taking CARE: How the State of Idaho Is Building Efficient and Transparent Workflows to Appropriately Distribute Federal CARES Act Funds
4:15 – 5:05 p.m.    
CPE Field of Study: Finance

PPT Presentation

This session will highlight how the Idaho Controller’s Office is moving quickly to implement a workflow to ensure the federal funds to combat the COVID-19 pandemic are appropriately prioritized and efficiently distributed across the state, local, and tribal governments. Equally important, this system is designed to protect against fraud and enabling greater levels of transparency.

Tim Melton serves as the VP of sales for the state and federal markets for OpenGov. He has demonstrated a real passion for good government and has spent the entirety of his professional career trying to make government more effective and efficient. Tim has done that from within government while being elected to three terms as a county commissioner and three terms as a state representative. He is proud of the legislation he was able to pass while serving in the legislature and, in particular, the impact he made in the education community. After leaving the legislature, he served as VP of StudentsFirst, which was a national education reform organization that pushed for policy changes across the country. Tim also had a stint running MyLocalGov and successfully negotiated their sale to Tier Technologies, where he stayed on to run their sales team.

Joshua Whitworth works for the state controller of Idaho, Brandon D. Woolf, as the chief deputy controller for the office. He manages the office’s constitutional duties of statewide payroll and statewide accounting as well as its computer service center and other administrative functions. Joshua and his team are currently leading the State Controller’s efforts to modernize the state’s three decades old business information infrastructure into a modern consolidated cloud-based solution, while also pursuing efforts to increase the transparency of the state’s finances across all political subdivisions for the citizens of Idaho.
In his free time, Joshua continues to stay involved with his family’s cattle business in Mackay, Idaho, and enjoys the challenges and opportunities of pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities with startups in the Agri-Tech sectors. One of these companies was awarded first place at the 2016 Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge.
Joshua has worked in a variety of industries including healthcare technology, real estate, agriculture, and higher education in addition to his work in the government sector. He has also managed the operations for the state of Idaho’s Republican party. Joshua is an Idaho State University Alumni Board member and co-founder and former president of the Treasure Valley ISU Alumni Chapter. Joshua obtained his master of business administration degree from Boise State University in 2016. He earned his bachelor of business administration degree from Idaho State University in 2004, majoring in marketing. While at ISU, Joshua was the team captain of the football team and remains a proud alum of the 2002 Big Sky Conference Champion team.



The NASACT Community

NASACT serves as the premier organization working to bring together state auditors, state comptrollers and state treasurers to cooperatively address government financial management issues. NASACT also manages two secretariats - the National State Auditors Association (NSAA) and the National Association of State Comptrollers (NASC). Both NSAA and NASC are included under the umbrella of NASACT’s budget and utilize staff hired by NASACT.