Jeff Baker has 40 years of successful management and consulting experience across public, non-for-profit, and private sectors. Since 1994, Mr. Baker has been a management analyst supervisor and a program administrator with the State of Ohio, Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC), Special Investigations Department (SID).
About BWC: Established in 1912, the agency is the exclusive provider of workers’ compensation insurance in Ohio and serves 242,000 public and private employers. With 1,800 employees and assets of approximately $27 billion, BWC is the largest state-run insurance system in the United States. Our mission is to protect Ohio's workers and employers through the prevention, care and management of workplace injuries and illnesses at fair rates. Learn more at www.bwc.ohio.gov.
About BWC SID: Created by statute in 1993, the department recently celebrated its 26th year of protecting the State Insurance Fund by proactively detecting, investigating, and deterring fraud. This fund compensates Ohio’s injured workers. What began with a staff of six to 10 people in just three offices across the state is today a force of 119 agents, supervisors, and support personnel in 13 offices statewide. Ohio law designates SID a criminal justice agency. SID protects the fund by aggressively pursuing cases of claimant, medical provider, and employer fraud. As a result of its investigations, the department declare overpayments, identify actuarial savings, disallow claims, and pursue prosecutions and recovery of dollars. These actions directly impact BWC’s ability to reduce premium costs. Since its inception, the department has identified more than $1.9 billion in savings to the fund, completed more than 69,000 investigations, referred 5,420 subjects for prosecution, and secured 2,941 criminal convictions.
About Baker: Now the longest-tenured member of the department’s dedicated and effective management team, Mr. Baker’s broad-ranging responsibilities have included: since 1995, management of biennial and annual budgets; since its initiation in 1996, administration of the SID college relations program; since 2002, creation of the department’s annual report; and, since 2011, a champion of the agency’s social media program, including authorship of content for the SID Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ohiobwcfraud) and BWC Tweeter account (twitter.com/ohiobwc).
Prior to BWC SID: In 1980, Mr. Baker started his career as a generalist in human resources management with Fortune 100 companies. In preparation for transitioning from the private, to the public, sector, he earned a Master of Arts in public policy and management from The Ohio State University in 1993. There, as a graduate fellow, he specialized in organizational behavior, strategic planning, and strategic leadership.