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PC recycling. Seven local governments and five nonprofit groups recently received grants from Dell Inc. to organize and promote computer-recycling programs.

The 12 recipients, chosen from more than 200 applicants, are getting $10,000 each from the PC maker for activities through June. The grant recipients will collect old PCs from all manufacturers, not just Dell, and they can choose their own recycling vendors.

The government awardees are the District of Columbia; Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority in San Ramon, Calif.; Centre County Solid Waste Authority in State College, Pa.; Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality; Santa Fe, N.M., Solid Waste Management Agency; Bethlehem, N.Y.; and Knoxville, Tenn.

Nonprofit organizations will conduct local PC recycling programs in Anchorage, Alaska; Atlanta; Columbia, S.C.; Kansas City, Mo.; and Milwaukee.

Marked. Indiana is using the Postal Service's electronic-postmark service to support recordkeeping in the state court system.

The Indiana Motor Vehicles Bureau also uses the electronic postmarks to certify driver records as evidence in court proceedings.

In the courts, the service lets officials digitally sign records and deliver them via the state's Web site, at www.IN.gov, to county prosecutors' offices. The records can be used in court or printed and filed with court proceedings.

State users obtain the postmarks from a Postal Service Web site at www.uspspm.com. AuthentiDate Inc. of New York developed the application and GeoTrust Inc. of Wellesley Hills, Mass., provides digital signatures.

Indiana Interactive, an Indianapolis-based subsidiary of e-government firm NIC of Olathe, Kan., manages the digitally certified driver license record service for the Motor Vehicles Bureau.

Indiana launched a pilot in December by offering digitally certified, 10-year driver records to three county prosecutors offices, then expanded it to all 92 county prosecutors in February.

County prosecutors have ordered 1,400 records to date, and officials estimate that the system will be able to digitally certify 100,000 records annually when fully deployed.

Medicaid system. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services plans to award a five-year, $171 million contract to Affiliated Computer Services Inc. for a new Medicaid system.

ACS of Dallas will operate the North Carolina Medicaid Management Information System, replacing the 27-year-old system with a more efficient one.

The new system will process more than 90 million claims annually for Medicaid and mental health programs, as well as claims for public health and Division of Facility Services programs.

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