Alaska Achieves federal compliance milestone for statewide automated child welfare information system

    Stock Market Symbols
    GIB.A (TSX)
    GIB (NYSE)

    FAIRFAX, VA, Feb. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.A; NYSE:  
GIB), a leading provider of information technology and business process
services, today announced Alaska's Office of Children's Services (OCS)
Web-based statewide automated child welfare information system (SACWIS)
achieved Tier 2 compliance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services' Administration for Children and Families (ACF).
    "Achieving Tier 2 compliance is no small feat," said Tammy Sandoval,
Director of the Alaska Office of Children's Services. "We have a team that is
dedicated to the success of the SACWIS system, which significantly helps us
protect the children in our care. This project has been and continues to be a
rewarding engagement and we are very grateful for CGI's contributions toward
achieving this notable milestone."
    Once a state's SACWIS becomes operational, the ACF Division of State
Systems (DSS) reviews the system's functionality against federal requirements
and the state's Implementation Advance Planning Document - the roadmap
outlining how the SACWIS system operates. DSS conducts an in-depth review of
the system to gauge compliance with SACWIS-required functionality, ensure it
supports state child welfare services business practices; and that it is
accepted and used by front-line workers, supervisors, managers and other
users. Tier 2 compliance results from a successful completion of the review.
    CGI began working with Alaska in 2003 to modernize the state's child
welfare management system. The resulting Web-based system, Online Resource for
the Children of Alaska (ORCA), went live in 2005. ORCA allows more than 450
staff members in 28 locations to instantly share information about the
thousands of child abuse and neglect cases investigated each year. ORCA
consolidated seven separate databases into a single system, increasing
operational efficiency, eliminating many paper-based processes, and reducing
delays in day-to-day business.
    "CGI is proud to be a part of this important project with Alaska and we
extend our congratulations to the State for achieving this notable milestone,"
said Caroline Rapking, Vice-President of CGI's U.S. state and local government
industry group. "OCS has demonstrated their dedication to serving the children
and families of Alaska by building a case management tool to support
caseworkers in the delivery of mission critical services to those in need."
    Alaska joins Wisconsin as the only other Web-based SACWIS to achieve
compliance with action plans. CGI also implemented Wisconsin's system,

    About CGI

    Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is one of the largest independent
information technology and business process services firms in the world. CGI
and its affiliated companies employ approximately 25,000 professionals. CGI
provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from
offices in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia Pacific as well as from
centers of excellence in North America, Europe and India. CGI's annual revenue
run rate stands at $4.0 billion and at December 31, 2008, CGI's order backlog
was $11.4 billion. CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB)
and are included in the S&P/TSX Composite Index as well as the S&P/TSX Capped
Information Technology and MidCap Indices. Website:

For further information:

For further information: Investors: Lorne Gorber, Vice-President, Global
Communications and Investor Relations, (514) 841-3355,;
Media: Linda Odorisio, Vice-President, US Communications, (703) 267-8118,

Custom Packages

Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.

Start today.

CNW Membership

Fill out a CNW membership form or contact us at 1 (877) 269-7890

Learn about CNW services

Request more information about CNW products and services or call us at 1 (877) 269-7890