PPL has been working for months with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, program participants and direct care workers to help them come into compliance with the rules as established by the Department’s Office of Long Term Living and the federal government. Due to this outreach, most people in the program are not at risk of an interruption in their pay. However, PPL urges anyone who may be affected to comply with the rules so all workers can receive their appropriate pay for the care they provide to participants in the program. The program rules are important to assure that public Medicaid dollars are spent properly and to ensure full Medicaid funding. [More]
In conjunction with a June 25, 2013 press release, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) unveiled the 2013 edition of its Education at a Glance. The report assessed the status of elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education across 34 OECD member countries, including the U.S., with a focus on the impact of the global economic recession between 2008 and 2011. Among other education trends, the report reviewed education spending during that period. According to the report, although the U.S. spent more per student than most other countries, U.S spending declined by 1 percent while other countries increased spending by an average of 5 percent. [More]
Since the Supreme Court ruled that Medicaid expansion was optional, 23 states plus the District of Columbia have decided to go forward with the expansion and 21 have decided to pass, with six still debating the issue, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation report.
With respect to the six states still debating the issue, the Ohio legislature appears ready to sign off on a two-year budget that does not include plans for Medicaid expansion. In Pennsylvania, the Senate is expected to vote next week on the expansion issue, but state media reports indicate a lack of support for expansion in the House.
Lenox Public Schools (LPS), Massachusetts has selected PCG Education to facilitate the process of developing a three-to-five-year strategic plan for the district, working closely with the community and the district’s strategic planning subcommittee. PCG Education will develop a final report for 2014 that provides a detailed roadmap for the district to implement over the coming years. [More]
The Manchester School District, New Hampshire’s largest school district, recently awarded a new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) literacy project to PCG Education. The goal of the project is to align the district’s K-8 English language arts and mathematics curriculum to the CCSS. This summer, PCG Education will provide teachers from 14 elementary schools and four middle schools with professional development focused on the instructional shifts of the Common Core Standards, the development of curriculum guidance documents, and the action planning for implementation. [More]
The California Department of State Hospitals (DSH) recently awarded a two-year contract to PCG Technology Consulting (PCG TC) to manage high criticality projects while mentoring assistant project managers in the department’s newly formed Project Management Office. PCG TC was selected to manage 1) the activation activities associated with opening a new DSH forensic hospital, 2) data management projects, and 3) other high visibility projects, as assigned. [More]
The California Franchise Tax Board recently awarded PCG Technology Consulting a contract to perform a health assessment on the Administrative Systems Modernization (ASM) project. The health assessment will diagnose problems and make actionable recommendations on Phase 1 of the ASM project and the proposed project methodology for Phase II of the ASM project. [More]
The State of Maryland Department of Information Technology recently awarded PCG Technology Consulting a contract for Consulting and Technical Services + (CATS+). This Master Contract allows Maryland’s agencies the flexibility to obtain IT resources quickly and efficiently by issuing Task Order Requests for Proposals (TORFP) or Requests for Resumes (RFR) specific to their needs. [More]
In a June 6, 2013 press release, Republican members of the House Education and the Workforce Committee introduced their proposal for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). According to the bill summary, the Student Success Act proposes to reduce the federal role in local education, empower parents, and support more effective teachers. Among other things, the bill would merge several student subgroups into Title I and provide states and districts with the flexibility to use funds across programs to better support the students’ needs. [More]
On June 6, 2013, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), Chair and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Finance, as well as Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), along with Rep. Karen Bass [CA-37th]), Chair, Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, and Representative Tim Ryan (OH-13th), Co-Chair, Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus convened a Capitol Hill briefing on the topic, Substance Use Disorders in Child Welfare: What Works for Children and Families. [More]