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Table of Contents 1Introduction1 2Current System2 3Meeting the needs of the Stakeholders Federal State and Local Requirements3 31Federal Government Requirements3 32Meeting the States Needs4 33Meeting the Customers Needs5 34Meeting the Local Department Needs6 4Define criteria for assessment9 5Evaluate Alternatives12 51Do Nothing Retain the DOS based Data-Flex Technology12 52Build a Custom Solution based on Mainframe Technology15 53Develop a Phased Solution18 54Deploy a Turnkey Solution and Perform Customizations21 6Recommendation24 1 Introduction The State of Maryland Department of Human Resources currently utilizes the Work Opportunities Management Information System WOMIS to address the requirements of the Bureau of Work Programs The Bureau of Work Programs is a division within the Family Investment Program chartered with developing and enforcing programs to engage welfare clients in work activities Work requirements for both individual customers and for states as well as goals related to employment and self-sufficiency are at the core of the new welfare system Maryland provides employment related services to an expanded customer base that includes current and former TCA recipients and to low-income families including non-custodial parents who may have never received any cash benefits Currently WOMIS is used by the local departments to manage work activities Recently the Bureau of Work Programs has identified deficiencies with the existing system The A-Team has been contracted to prepare an assessment of the problem and propose a series of alternatives to address the issues This document is structured to 1 Identify the components of the existing WOMIS application 2 Outline the issues with the current system as identified by the stakeholders 3 Define criteria for assessment 4 The evaluation offers alternatives for addressing these issues The options to address the concerns regarding the existing Work Programs system include a Do Nothing b Purchase a packaged system which addresses some of the desired functionality while offering some components of new functionality c Leverage the existing application while establishing a new foundation for the
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