EIS Replacement (EIS-R) Project

Submitted by Clay Butcher on June 22, 2012 - 12:06pm

For several years the Division has been advocating heavily to replace the Eligibility Information System (EIS) used to determine eligibility for thousands of people and to issue over $25 million in cash and food benefits alone each month. EIS has been a powerful tool and the backbone of our core business. Almost 30 years old, EIS’ cannot keep up with the demands created by growing workloads, changing policies and more and new federal mandates that require states to stand up systems capable of supporting real-time interfaces, online applications, client portals, and other modern functionality.

Denali Peak Performance Awards

Submitted by Clay Butcher on March 29, 2012 - 10:36am

The Governor’s Denali Peak Performance Award annually recognizes and rewards individuals and teams for excellence in service to the citizens of Alaska and to the State of Alaska Executive Branch. The awards are intended as acknowledgment of service that goes well beyond the norm and demonstrates a unique or significant contribution to the agency’s mission, goals, and objectives.

Thanksgiving Message from Linda Dawson

Submitted by Clay Butcher on November 25, 2011 - 8:54am

Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to gather with friends and loved ones to give thanks for life’s blessings. The holiday lends itself to reflection on the things for which one is most grateful. Sometimes just thinking about the subject of gratitude can prompt us to feel more of it. When we are aware of the idea of appreciation, we also become more conscious and aware of our blessings.

Voter Registration Broadcast

Submitted by Clay Butcher on September 27, 2011 - 3:38pm

Voter Registration

The National Voter Registration Act is a federal law designed to increase citizens’ access to voter registration opportunities. It requires agencies such as the Division of Public Assistance to make every effort to ensure public assistance applicants and recipients have a chance to register to vote. In the past few months DPA staff all across the state have been very successful ensuring that our customers have that opportunity. Vote Here signs are everywhere and in the last few months DPA accepted 744 registrations. A significant increase over the 400 received last year.

Leaner Policy!

Submitted by Clay Butcher on June 30, 2011 - 10:28am

Last month the Policy and Program Development Team had their Lean Kaizen Event. As a result this summer and fall we are implementing radical process improvements to meet the needs of our customers.

Here are some improvements we can all look forward to right away:
• Monthly manual changes
• Shorter turnaround time in implementing new and revised policies suggested by field staff
• Increased collaboration with the field and other DPA support teams to create more effective and useful policies

But the biggest improvement on the horizon, and the one thing that all our stakeholders have asked for, is ONE MANUAL.