Put the squeeze on. Hewlett-Packard Co. is one of more than 100 vendors listed on Pennsylvania's microcomputer, LAN hardware and peripherals contract. Every agency in the state has bought products and services through the contract, said Samantha Elliott, spokeswoman for Pennsylvania's General Services Department, including state colleges and universities.

Hewlett-Packard and other companies include a list of resellers. 'The resellers can supplement our products and services with some of their own,' said Mark Hughes, Hewlett-Packard's program manager for state and local government. 'Our goal is to give our customers one neck to choke.'

Jersey's new CTO. New Jersey's CIO Judy Teller has appointed Charles S. Dawson the chief technology officer for the state.

As CTO, Dawson directs the Office of Information Technology, which supports IT for New Jersey agencies.

Dawson most recently was a vice president of Science Applications International Corp. of San Diego.

Earlier in his career, Dawson worked for New Jersey as executive director of the state lottery. He also held jobs with the state's Human Services and Education departments.

Dawson is a graduate of Princeton University and has a master's degree in education from Rutgers University.

Medicaid malpractice. New York state comptroller Carl H. McCall charged that weaknesses in the state's Medicaid billing system have led to more than $95 million in potentially incorrect Medicaid payments over the past seven years, of which $40 million remains unrecovered.

New York's Medicaid Management Information System is being redesigned under a contract issued to Computer Sciences Corp. in May 2000, according to McCall's office. The new system, eMedNY, has not yet been implemented.

'We are told these problems will be solved with the new computer system, but in the meantime millions of Medicaid dollars are being wasted,' McCall said.

The state Health Department has recouped $20.8 million in incorrect payments, many of which had been made because Medicaid was billed for charges that should have been paid by Medicare or another insurance provider, according to McCall's office.

Health Department officials said in written responses to McCall's audits that they would review all questionable claims and recover overpayments. The department plans to review other health insurance coverage of its Medicaid beneficiaries to assure that the program is not being improperly billed.

Opportunity. The Education Department's Office of Vocational and Adult Education funds community technology centers in rural, urban and economically distressed areas. Find more information at

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