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Department of Children and Family Services Partners With CSG Government Solutions 

The department recently tapped the government operations consulting firm to provide independent verification and validation services for its CCWIS project.

After undergoing a competitive procurement process, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has selected CSG Government Solutions to supply independent verification and validation services for its Comprehensive Child Welfare Information System (CCWIS) project.

CCWIS regulates and governs how state and tribal Title IV-E agencies — which provide out-of-home care for children until they are returned home, permanently placed or situated in other planned living arrangements — can claim federal funding for child welfare information systems that administer Title IV-E and IV-B programs.

CSG Government Solutions comes into play by providing independent verification and validation services (IV&V) to ensure CCWIS meets requirements established by the Federal Administration for Children and Families until their contract with the agency ends in September.

“IV&V services provide independent project oversight to large, complex IT modernization projects,” a spokesperson from CSG said. “The CSG team brings expertise in child welfare and significant experience in large-scale IT system modernization to support DCF in achieving its project goals. Our team conducts independent analysis to detect project risks early, and our recommendations provide project leadership with the information needed to make sound decisions.”

CSG also uses specialized tracking tools and checklists, regularly interviews state personnel, attends project management and design meetings, and reviews project documentation to keep up with the modernization effort.

Once all relevant data and information are accumulated, the CSG team will report its findings to DCFS executive leadership.

“The services provided by the child welfare program are crucial to children and families in Florida,” a CSG spokesperson said. “A modern, flexible IT system will make it easier for caseworkers and other program personnel to connect children with the services they need.”

More information about the project can be found online.
Katya Diaz is an Orlando-based e.Republic staff writer. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in global strategic communications from Florida International University.