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The Human Cost of Failed Government Technology
    Monday March 12, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm @ AT&T Conference Hotel (Salon C) (1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705)
    In 2005, the State of Texas signed a contract worth close to $900 million dollars with an alliance of private firms to manage the eligibility process for applying for Food Stamps, TANF, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance programs. The project was a failure - so much so that Texas cancelled the contract just over a year later. Applications were lost. People went hungry. Kids lost health insurance. Technology projects failed.In 2009, Indiana cancelled a $1.3 billion dollar social service privatization contract - citing poor service delivery.Big changes were necessary to modernize the delivery of these important services in Texas and Indiana, no doubt. In the end, some really good things were done by both States and the private firms they hired. But there was a lot of pain in between that could have been avoided. People unnecessarily suffered. Three people in the know will discuss what went down so that we can all learn from the mistakes and help prevent them in the future.

    Sr Policy Analyst | Center for Public Policy Priorities

    National Correspondent | Reuters, print | Corrie MacLaggan is...

    Founder | Aunt Bertha Inc | Erine has been working on business...

    Type Interactive, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #govfail
    Theme Government and Global Issues
    Level Beginner
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP11990

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