WASHINGTON STATE PARTNERS WITH CGI TO BUILD NEXT GENERATION STATEWIDE CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM
CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.A; NYSE: GIB) announced today that it has been selected
by Washington State, widely regarded as an early pacesetter in information
technology, as its partner to design, develop and implement its next generation
Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS).
The Washington State Children’s Administration and CGI will partner together to deliver a new system based on latest web technology that will help staff provide critical services to families. The 34 month, $16.1 million contract for SACWIS design, development and implementation will replace the legacy CAMIS system. The new SACWIS will bring the Children’s Administration improved accountability, financial controls, reporting capabilities and a framework for measuring outcomes, as well as an enhanced technical infrastructure.
“Development of the new Children’s Administration management and information system is an essential and progressive step in moving the state’s child welfare system forward,“ said Cheryl Stephani, assistant secretary for children’s services. “The new system is critical to the safety of our children and for measuring the effectiveness of programs designed to help families safely raise their children.”
Washington’s Children’s Administration is part of the state’s Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).
“Building a SACWIS system is the most significant IT investment that a child welfare agency makes,” said Michael Keating, Senior Vice-President, Western U.S. “The goal is to create a federally compliant system that helps case workers keep children safe. With their input the system continuously evolves to provide the most technically advanced automated support in child welfare market. We are known for developing advanced technology solutions focused on solving the specific needs of the workers and supervisors in the field. We have unparalleled domain expertise in SACWIS and we are currently working on five projects across the nation, with one more project starting in the next few months.”
CGI has successful SACWIS implementations in more states than any other vendor. Washington State will be the ninth state to join CGI’s vibrant SACWIS user community, which includes Florida, New Jersey, Alaska, Wisconsin, Illinois, New Mexico, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Over the last twelve months, CGI was awarded contracts for child welfare systems totaling over $50 million.
Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is one of the largest independent information technology and business process services firms in the world. CGI and its affiliated companies employ approximately 25,000 professionals. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from offices in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia Pacific as well as from centers of excellence in North America, Europe and India. CGI's annual revenue run rate stands at $3.8 billion (US$3.3 billion) and at March 31st, 2007, CGI's order backlog was $12.3 billion (US$10.8 billion). CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in the S&P/TSX Composite Index as well as the S&P/TSX Capped Information Technology and MidCap Indices. Website: www.cgi.com.
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