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Web recruiting. The Government Office of Human Resources of Montgomery County, Md., is hoping to improve police recruiting by putting applications online.

Previously, prospective officers sent written applications. The county recently began using the Web-based police application developed by Peopleclick Inc. of Raleigh, N.C.

The Montgomery County Police Department each year receives nearly 2,000 applications and hires between 60 and 70 officers.

'The integration of the police application with Montgomery County's overall, Web-based recruitment management system will increase the department's efficiency,' said Stephen A. Sasser, Peopleclick's president and CEO.

The county's human resources office began using Peopleclick's Recruitment Management System in 2003.

Health system extension. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has rehired Affiliated Computer Services Inc. to provide services through the Texas Medicaid Primary Care Case Management program to 37 counties.

The amendment extending the company's current contract under the program, known as the Texas Health Network, covers a three-year rollout period and is worth $86 million. The contract runs to Aug. 31, 2007, and may be extended by two, one-year options.

The amendment is a result of a measure the state legislature passed last year requiring the Health and Human Services Commission to provide Medicaid acute care services through the most cost-effective managed care models. The commission decided to expand the health network into counties currently operating under the traditional fee-for-service Medicaid program.

Botched outsourcing. The Florida State Technology Office failed to take several basic steps to ensure proper administration of a statewide IT outsourcing contract inked last year with two systems integrators, according to the Florida Auditor General.

The MyFlorida Alliance contract signed in August 2003 has a number of deficiencies that have left the state at risk, the auditor said.

The two prime contractors for MyFlorida Alliance are Accenture Ltd. of Hamilton, Bermuda, and BearingPoint Inc. of McLean, Va.

The state technology office failed to document its decision to outsource IT services and to properly evaluate and negotiate the contract, the report said. Florida officials also failed to establish provisions to protect state resources adequately and to document cost savings to the state.

In her written response to the report, CIO Simone Marstiller pledged to strengthen oversight of the contract and to conduct additional analyses to help the state determine how much it is saving through the outsourcing approach.

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