Georgia, Accenture in pact for automated child welfare system

Georgia is banking on a new, automated child welfare case management system to enable social workers to do their jobs more effectively and offer greater safety to vulnerable children.

The Georgia Department of Human Resources has awarded Accenture Ltd. of Hamilton, Bermuda, a contract worth $25 million over three years to build a statewide, automated child-welfare system (SACWIS), company and state officials said.

The total price tag for the system is $40.4 million, to be split evenly between Georgia and the federal government, according to the state.

Terms of the project call for Accenture to provide system design and development, implementation and a warranty. Once fully operational, the system will let caseworkers better monitor children under state supervision. It also will improve data sharing across county lines.

Most important, the new system will give caseworkers a way to monitor cases when children move across county lines, a feature not available with the existing system.

Before SACWIS is implemented statewide, Georgia will evaluate it in a controlled test through pilot projects in Douglas County. Based on the results, the state will adjust the system before rolling it out to all 159 counties. The whole state is expected to be using the system in 2007.

William Welsh is the deputy editor of Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology.

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