When DPA began efforts to LEAN our core business processes it was acknowledged that leveraging technology would bring additional benefits and efficiencies that further enhance our system of work and add to the quality of the services we provide Alaskans. Since our first KAIZEN event, we have been pursuing efforts to modernize the tools and technology division employees use every day. Overall, there are about three dozen IT-related projects in the initial planning stages or under development. These projects range from enormous undertakings such as a replacement for EIS to relatively modest endeavors like enhancements to the Case Management System (CMS) used by work services case managers. We are also working on replacing the Fraud Case Management System, initial planning for a statewide, integrated phone system, and a replacement for AKWIC the system used to certify eligibility and issue food benefits for participants of the Women, Infants and Children program (WIC).
What follows is the start of an ongoing effort to keep you informed about the development and implementation of information technology within the Division of Public Assistance.