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BDM AND MONTANA TO DEVELOP PROGRAM TO TRACK AND COLLECT CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS

 BDM AND MONTANA TO DEVELOP PROGRAM TO
 TRACK AND COLLECT CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS
 MCLEAN, Va., Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- BDM International, Inc. has been awarded a $5.2 million, 52-month contract to develop and implement a computer system to help Montana track and collect child support payments.
 BDM President Earle C. Williams said, "There are three reasons to be especially proud of this award: BDM successfully competed against three of the nation's largest computer and consulting firms; the contract significantly expands our service to the Montana state government; and it gives us the opportunity to help one state find a solution to a crisis that affects millions of American women."
 The contract, which BDM won competitively, has an additional $2.3 million 2-year option, making its total potential value $7.5 million. It calls for the design, installation, and management of the System for the Enforcement And Recovery of Child Support (SEARCHS) for Montana's Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS).
 Montana SRS Director Julia Robinson explained that Gov. Stan Stephens has directed state agency administrators to improve efficiency and delivery of services and has supported privatization as a means of making the improvements. With SEARCHS, Montana is turning to the private sector for a system solution to what has become a major national problem.
 Specifically, according to a recent U.S. Census Bureau report, only half of the 5 million American women who have been awarded child support payments actually receive the full amount due. The 2.5 million women who did not receive full payments due them were about equally divided between those who received partial payments and those who got nothing, the bureau said. The report added that in 1989, absent fathers across the nation failed to pay $5 billion that had been ordered by courts and legal agreements.
 According to national child welfare advocacy groups, the child support payment problem is due to difficulty in enforcing laws by agencies that are overwhelmed by burgeoning numbers of increasingly complex cases.
 To address these and other problems, SEARCHS will utilize a re-engineered version of the San Francisco Computer Assisted Support Enforcement System and will include software development, system integration and installation on
state-owned workstations and host computer. BDM will also manage SEARCHS facilities during the initial years of operation. Mark C. Filteau, BDM senior vice president, information systems, noted that BDM's approach to developing system solutions to the child support payment problem will be similar to those applied to another social services contract with the company is implementing in Montana.
 This first BDM contract with Montana's SRS, a $16 million program that began in February 1990, covers the design, development, implementation and management of The Economic Assistance Management Systems (TEAMS). TEAMS, the largest automated system ever implemented in Montana state government, will provide faster, more accurate processing of applications for aid to families with dependent children, food stamps and Medicaid. Robinson said TEAMS "is the most major change in service delivery for welfare in Montana in at least 50 years."
 The TEAMS staff and other resources already in BDM's Helena, Mont., office will help support SEARCHS. Leroy Gurule is the SEARCHS program manager. BDM teaming partners for SEARCHS are Systems and Computer Technology Corporation (SCT) of Malvern, Pa., and Policy Studies, Inc. (PSI), of Denver.
 Williams said, "SEARCHS and TEAMS will make a positive difference in the lives of the people of Montana and demonstrate the benefits of privatization programs." Since 1987, BDM has been providing similar professional and technical support to the state of New Mexico's Human Services Department.
 BDM International, Inc., is headquartered in McLean (Metropolitan Washington). The company provides professional and technical services to public and private sector clients in national defense and security, communications, energy, logistics, space, information systems, advanced technology, manufacturing technology and certain other areas.
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 /CONTACT: Todd A. Stottlemyer of BDM International, 703-848-5115/ CO: BDM International, Inc. ST: Montana, Virginia IN: SU: CON


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