HP wins $123M upgrade to California welfare system

Award will enhance services to more than 2.6 million families in need

Hewlett-Packard Corp. has signed a three-year, $123 million technology services agreement extension with California’s Welfare Client Data Systems (WCDS) consortium to enhance services to the state’s welfare clients and improve productivity.

The extended agreement provides applications development, network and server management services for the consortium’s CalWorks Information Network (CalWIN), an automated health and welfare eligibility determination system developed and managed by HP that serves 18 California counties, according to an HP announcement today.

The largest system of its kind in the United States, CalWIN processes an average of 13 million transactions a day for public assistance programs, including California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids, food stamps, Medi-Cal and adoption assistance.

The solution enables more than 30,000 county workers to quickly and accurately deliver benefits to more than 2.6 million families in need. Within the network, HP produces more than 3.6 million pieces of client correspondence per month, the announcement said.

Under the agreement extension, HP will continue to manage the CalWIN system and the servers on which it resides. That will create a flexible capacity so CalWIN can handle increasing case volume.

Specific plans are targeted at the use of web-based technology and enhanced self-service capabilities that will improve the overall effectiveness of CalWIN, while helping to control costs and improve productivity, the statement said.

HP also will provide enterprise server infrastructure.

HP Agility Alliance partners will provide other tools, technologies and resources in support of CalWIN, including Microsoft for software and operating systems, and Oracle for database, data warehousing and middleware.

Hewlett-Packard Co./EDS, of Palo Alto, Calif., ranks No. 12 on Washington Technology’s 2009 Top 100 list of the largest federal government prime contractors.

About the Author

David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

Reader Comments

Tue, Aug 20, 2013 California

I actually work for the county of Santa Clara and have to say the new Calwin is a major disaster. It is a huge disappoint and I can't believe HP put their name on this garbage system. The new system is extremely slow and we are unable to efficiently assist clients. I wish it would go away. HP is horrible! Or maybe they are just out there to take clients information so they can use their info regarding the new Obama Health care reform and put us to shame with our brand new HP program....

Tue, Nov 27, 2012

People that write about how inefficient the welfare system is, has never sat down in front of a mother and her crying infants to help a distraught woman fill out an application for assistance. I have. The mother was too embarrassed to be there but had no choice. Her husband committed suicide for losing his job, she had no family, and was evicted from her apartment. The money and job locating assistance will not be enough to sustain her and the two babies. So, in terms of inefficiency, it's the lack of intelligence that 'John', below, demonstrates.

Thu, Feb 25, 2010

Saying that California will spend $123 million to make their Welfare system "more efficient" is contradictory. Welfare by its very definition is inefficiency. With that addititude no wonder the State of California is so broke.

Wed, Feb 24, 2010 John California

Should anyone not understand why the State of California is broke they need only relish the apparent fact that the State's welfare system shall become more efficient. 2.6 million indigent families indeed shall now luxuriate in the most efficient handout system in the universe. Washington take notice! You can give it away faster as California shall soon demonstrate and then the entire country can go bust.

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

What is your e-mail address?

My e-mail address is:

Do you have a password?

Forgot your password? Click here
close
SEARCH
contracts DB

Trending

  • Dive into our Contract Award database

    In an exclusive for WT Insider members, we are collecting all of the contract awards we cover into a database that you can sort by contractor, agency, value and other parameters. You can also download it into a spreadsheet. Read More

  • Is SBA MIA on contractor fraud? Nick Wakeman

    Editor Nick Wakeman explores the puzzle of why SBA has been so silent on the latest contractor fraud scandal when it has been so quick to act in other cases. Read More

Webcasts

  • How Do You Support the Project Lifecycle?

    How do best-in-class project-based companies create and actively mature successful organizations? They find the right mix of people, processes and tools that enable them to effectively manage the project lifecycle. REGISTER for this webinar to hear how properly managing the cycle of capture, bid, accounting, execution, IPM and analysis will allow you to better manage your programs to stay on scope, schedule and budget. Learn More!

  • Sequestration, LPTA and the Top 100

    Join Washington Technology’s Editor-in-Chief Nick Wakeman as he analyzes the annual Top 100 list and reveals critical insights into how market trends have impacted its composition. You'll learn what movements of individual companies means and how the market overall is being impacted by the current budget environment, how the Top 100 rankings reflect the major trends in the market today and how the biggest companies in the market are adapting to today’s competitive environment. Learn More!