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AIF supports needed IT procurement & contracting reform for the state of Florida

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With Florida being an $80 billion enterprise and the third-largest state in the nation, it is alarming that its procurement statutes, rules and policy have not been significantly changed in decades, contributing to our state lagging behind most states in the effective use of technology to make our state a better place to live and work. The Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) and its Information Technology (IT) Council commends the Florida Legislature for creating the Agency for State Technology (AST)…

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Last-minute budget move would grant Miami firm health sector monopoly

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An amendment put forward by Sen. Bill Galvano would turn over the state’s budget for medically complex children to one company: Miami-based Caregiver Services, Inc. The proviso language would allow the Agency for Health Care Administration to contract with a provider service network offering specialty plans that cover children who are eligible for the state’s Medicaid program. Though seemingly innocent, the amendment relies on Florida statutes that lack the competitive procurement, accountability and quality of care requirements that Florida’s current Medicaid managed care plans are held to, effectively allowing Caregiver…

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Amid bias claims, vendor demands answers in selection process for Florida Emergency Notification System

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Florida ended the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season again without a direct hit, for the 10th year in a row. Despite this unprecedented run of good luck, many fear the Sunshine State will be far from ready when the next big storm arrives. One critical factor in disaster preparedness is the creation of Florida’s Statewide Emergency Alert Notification System (EANS). a next generation framework of text, email and phone warnings that has the potential to save thousands of lives in a…

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