Congresswoman Amends Immigration Reform Legislation

On May 20, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) applauded Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) for amending the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform legislation (S. 744) with the Congresswoman’s bill, Child Trafficking Victims Protection Act (CTVPA). The measure was approved on the Senate floor by voice vote. The CTVPA will require that state child welfare professionals be outposted at Customs and Border Patrol stations to access and screen children as victims of persecution or trafficking and to ensure they receive treatment as appropriate. [More]

Proposed Regulation Would Improve Safety and Quality of Child Care

On May 16, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) invited comment on a proposed rule that will better ensure children’s health and safety in child care and promote school readiness. Under the proposed rule, states, territories, and tribes would be required to strengthen their standards to better promote the health, safety, and school readiness of children in federally funded child care. [More]

CMMI Announces $900 Million Funding Opportunity

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) released on May 15, 2013 a $900 million funding opportunity announcement for health care innovation awards authorized under section 3021 of the Affordable Care Act. The purpose of these competitive awards is to fund applicants proposing new payment incentives and service delivery models to improve care and reduce costs under Medicare, Medicaid, and/or CHIP. Eligible applicants include state and local governments, public-private partnerships, health systems, academic/research organizations, and for-profit entities. Applicants must demonstrate the capacity to set up necessary infrastructure within 6 months of the initial award date and to achieve net savings within 3 years. [More]

New Report Addresses Student Data Interoperability

In a May 21, 2013 press statement, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) announced its release of a new report entitled Transforming Data to Information in Service of Learning. According to the press statement, the purpose of the report is “to help education leaders understand how technical interoperability initiatives relate to teaching and learning and to offer recommendations for how states, districts, and schools can become more responsive to educator needs and personalize learning for students.” [More]

ED Approves Three Additional NCLB Waivers

In a May 20, 2013 press release, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced the approval of three additional requests for waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Waivers were granted to Alaska, Hawaii, and West Virginia in exchange for the states’ respective education reform plans to prepare all students for college and career, focus aid on the students with the greatest needs, and support effective teaching and leadership. A total of 37 states and the District of Columbia now have NCLB waivers; waiver requests from eight more states, Puerto Rico, the Bureau of Indian Education, and a coalition of California school districts are pending. [More]

Franklin County Ohio Awards Database RFP Project to PCG Technology Consulting

Sacramento, CA, May, 2013 – Franklin County, Ohio recently awarded PCG Technology Consulting a contract to develop a Request for Proposal (RFP) for its Unified Relational Database for Courts. The work will involve business process analysis, development of a system replacement business case, requirements definition, development of an RFP, and review and evaluation support of the RFP release and vendor submission of responses. [More]

Tavenner Confirmed to Run CMS

On Wednesday, May 15, 2013, the Senate approved President Obama’s nominee to run the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Acting Chief Marilyn B. Tavenner. The 91-to-7 vote for confirmation showed broad support for Ms. Tavenner, a former state health official in Virginia. She is the first confirmed chief of CMS in six and a half years. Ms. Tavenner, a professional nurse, worked for more than two decades at the Hospital Corporation of America. Ms. Tavenner has been Acting Chief since December 2011. During that time, she has been reputed to have developed a close working relationship with Congress. [More]

State Legislatures Pass Critical Child Welfare Policy in 2013

Many state legislatures are wrapping up the 2013 agenda, with bills going to governors for signature and others remaining stagnant in the committee process. This year, as in many previous ones, there have been a lot of child welfare issues brought before state bodies for clarification, instituting, or developing opportunities for children involved in the child welfare system. Some of the legislation was brought forward in response to Fostering Connections for Success and Increase Adoption Act of 2008, [More]

ED Announces i3 Scale-Up and Validation Competitions

In a May 3, 2013 press release, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced the start of the competition for the Scale-up and Validation categories of the Investing in Innovation (i3) program; competition for the Development category was launched on March 27th. The program is intended to support the development and expansion of promising strategies to accelerate student achievement and help close achievement gaps. [More]