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ACS awarded Illinois contract to expand electronic payment card.

DALLAS--The Illinois Department of Human Services will use Affiliated Computer Services Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) (NYSE: ACS) is a Fortune 500 company that provides information technology outsourcing as well as business process outsourcing solutions to businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.  Inc.'s electronic payment card solution to improve the distribution of state payments to child care providers and specialized spe·cial·ize  
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1. To pursue a special activity, occupation, or field of study.

 personal assistants. The five-year agreement with the state of Illinois expands the market of ACS' EPC (1) (Entertainment PC) See HTPC.

(2) (Electronic Product Code) A standard code for RFID tags administered by EPCglobal Inc. (
 program and demonstrates how electronic payments can benefit government agencies and their constituents.

With ACS' EPC program, IDHS IDHS Indiana Department of Homeland Security
IDHS Irish Draught Horse Society
IDHS Institute for Defense and Homeland Security (Herndon, Virginia)
IDHS Intelligence Data Handling System
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 will be able to accelerate payments to recipients by using a reloadable MasterCard debit card debit card, card that allows the cost of goods or services that are purchased to be deducted directly from the purchaser's checking account. They can also be used at automated teller machines for withdrawing cash from the user's checking account.  accepted by thousands of retailers and at ATMs nationwide. The card will be offered as an option to traditional paper checks for payments to service providers participating in the state's Child Care Assistance Program, which offers quality, affordable child care to families. Additionally, it will be available to personal assistants who help with household tasks and personal care to people with disabilities.

ACS (Asynchronous Communications Server) See network access server.  serves 4 million cardholders with 24 EPC programs for state and federal clients, disbursing payments for programs such as child support, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF, often pronounced "TAN-if") is the July 1, 1997, successor to the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program, providing cash assistance to indigent American families with dependent children through the United States Department of , unemployment insurance, disability and state employee payroll. The addition of child care providers and personal assistants will significantly expand the use of EPC services. ACS' EPC solution is also available to health care providers as a more convenient method of payment delivery.

ACS' agreement with the state of Illinois demonstrates the flexibility of our electronic payment card solution and how we can help government agencies with innovative and creative solutions," said Joseph Doherty, executive vice president and group president of ACS Government Solutions Group. "We anticipate that this project will become a model for other states."

As the largest provider of business process solutions and one of the largest information technology service providers to the nation's public sector, ACS serves as an operational partner to more than 1,700 government agencies on the federal, state, county and local levels.
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Date:Oct 1, 2009
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