- Reducing eligibility for children from 300 percent to 200 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL)
- Reducing eligibility for family members enrolled in FamilyCare from 185 percent to 133 percent of the FPL
- Reducing eligibility for state-only funded programs
Illinois is currently procuring a phased Coordination Care Innovations Project, in which the state is looking to redesign its health care delivery system with a more patient-centered model to improve health outcomes, enhance patient access, and patient safety. The state is seeking a coordinate care system with emphasis on managing transitions between physical and mental health and substance abuse. The first-phase solicitation received 70 letters of intent to participate in the innovations project for adults. The next phase will be for care for children with complex health needs, and a separate solicitation for dual Medicare/Medicaid care integration.
- A law enforcement officer must have been killed or seriously injured by an offender.
- The investigating law enforcement agency must determine that the offender poses a serious risk or threat to the public and other law enforcement personnel.
- A detailed description of the offender’s vehicle, vehicle tag, or partial tag must be available to broadcast to the public.
- The investigating law enforcement agency must recommend activation of the Blue Alert to the state operations center.
- May 31st - Agencies must submit to OMB a high level portfolio survey of their internal lines of business, where they can identify potential opportunities for consolidation to a shared service provider.
- June 15th - Agencies must send to OMB a list of commodity IT areas ripe for consolidation.
- June 29th – Agencies must submit a draft plan to consolidate commodity IT.
- Identify shared and open content management system (CMS) solutions and support implementation, through things like code sharing and modular development.
- Help agencies develop web APIs by providing expert resources to enable developers, entrepreneurs, and other end users take advantage of government data and content.
- Launch a shared mobile application development program, with the Federal CIO Council, that will help agencies develop secure, device-agnostic mobile applications.
- Help prioritize shared services needs for the Digital Services Innovation Center and work with them to determine the best shared solutions that leverage existing agency work and commercial options to the extent practical.
- Foster the sharing of existing policies and best practices using online platforms and communities of practice to provide more structure to existing ad-hoc collaboration efforts. For example, the Advisory Group will work with the Federal CIO Council to develop government-wide BYOD guidance.
- Identify and recommend changes to help close gaps in policy and standards. For instance, revising policies governing identity and credential management for a mobile world or revising telework rules.
- Requests for 2014 should be 5 percent below the net discretionary agency total for 2014 in the 2013 budget; and
- Budget submissions should include a detailed list of add-backs that bring overall agency budget back to a level that equals the 2014 discretionary level set in the 2013 budget. These are to be based on administration budget goals.
- Across-the-board cuts;
- Reductions to mandatory spending;
- Cost-shifting to other parts of the budget;
- Reclassifications of existing discretionary spending to mandatory; or
- New user fees to offset existing spending.
- Achieve an agency-wide 10 percent reduction in IT spending, compared to their average IT spending from FY 2010 through 2012;
- Explain how they will achieve this reduction at the investment and account level; and
- Propose areas to reinvest the savings into innovative IT solutions that would produce a positive return on investment within 18 months, demonstrably improve citizen services, or increase efficiencies.
For government contractors, the news is not just getting worse, it’s getting old. We’ve been reading about the downturn in government spending for more than two years, and that doesn’t even take into account sequestration — the automatic cuts set for early next year.
But while federal agencies face significant budget challenges, state and local governments are actually about to begin a new wave of buying information technology products and services.
In fact, the state and local IT market (Deltek report) could see compound annual growth of 3.1 percent over the next five years.
For federal IT contractors worried about Washington’s budget crunch, the state and local market could be a welcome opportunity.
As tax receipts declined with the recession, many state, county and municipal governments as well as public school systems were forced to stop updating and replacing IT equipment and services.
Now, in most parts of the country, tax receipts have begun returning to pre-recession levels, and budget deficits are shrinking. IT directors may soon be looking to replace aging equipment, much of which has been used past its programmed replacement point.
Additionally, more than 20 states and several major cities in recent years have established streamlining efforts, from consolidating agencies and departments to re-engineering business processes and even outsourcing. All of these efforts require an IT investment.
In response to the recession, state and local governments made far more severe staffing cuts than the federal government. And even today, very few are hiring in significant numbers.
That may create another opening for contractors as states look to automate processes and improve performance without committing to new employees.
The state and local IT market represents about $56.4 billion in business opportunities today and will stand at more than $64.9 billion in five years, Deltek finds.
Selling to decision makers in this market requires a strategic shift from marketing to federal agencies. Talk of cutting-edge technologies, moving to the cloud and mobile technologies may not get their attention. But talk of streamlining, boosting productivity and building more robust networks able to survive a downturn are likely to get the attention of state and local IT buyers — and the same technologies will get them there.