States award child services deals to Maximus

Texas, Illinois and Iowa have awarded child support services contracts to Maximus Inc. The total value of the awards is $33.4 million.

The Texas and Illinois deals are new for the Reston, Va., company, while the Iowa contract extends the company's ongoing work in the Hawkeye State.

Maximus won work potentially worth $11.6 million over six years from the Texas Attorney General's Office to deliver child support services. The company will work with state employees to improve the payment of child support.

To increase child support collections, Maximus will maintain the Texas Child Support Employer Repository, ensuring that employer data is accurate in order to improve the likelihood that payments could be withheld from the wages of noncustodial parents.

The Illinois Healthcare and Family Services Department awarded Maximus a one-year, $6.6 million contract for child support enforcement services. Terms of the deal call for Maximus to do data entry of court orders, quality control on legal referrals and modification reviews and other customer services for Cook County, Ill.

The company also will furnish enforcement services and income withholding for statewide cases. The contract also calls for Maximus to handle the National Medical Support Notice process, the new hire compliance process, and IV-A interface corrections, which assist in payments to needy families with dependent children.

Iowa's Human Services Department awarded the company a contract potentially worth $15.2 million over six years to continue operating the state's child support customer services center. The company has held a child support services contract in Iowa since 2000.

Ethan Butterfield is a staff writer for Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology.

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