Child Welfare Project Loses $2 Million in Funding
ATLANTA -- A project to track child welfare cases in Georgia has been set back by federal rejection of a contract for a one-county pilot project, officials said.
Federal officials said they would not approve the contract or the $2 million to pay for it because they thought competition was not as open as it should have been.
In an Oct. 13 letter, they also said Georgia was placing too much emphasis on the pilot project at the expense of the overall system, said Larry Singer, executive director of the recently formed Georgia Technology Authority.
"We disagree with the decision. We could fight them but it would end up delaying things even more," Singer said.
According to figures from Singer's agency, the state already has spent $31 million over the past seven years to develop the Family and Children Electronic Tracking System, or FACETS.
"We had a bit of a setback but we are moving on. It's not going to stop us," said Joe Allen, FACETS project director within the Department of Human Resources.
Allen said the DHR will press on with the pilot project using current staff.
Singer and Allen both said the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has indicated it intends to fully fund the project if it meets specifications.
The FACETS pilot project is scheduled to begin in less than six weeks. …