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Greenwood Village, CO, United States, 2014/06/30 - Ciber® has been awarded a multi-year managed services contract to support and maintain the information system used by Utah, Colorado and Wyoming, three states within the MPSC of Women, Infants and Children (WIC) agencies. NYSE: CBR
Ciber® has been awarded a multi-year managed services contract to support and maintain the information system used by Utah, Colorado and Wyoming, three states within the Mountain Plains States Consortium (MPSC) of Women, Infants and Children (WIC) agencies. WIC is a federally funded, state-administered program that provides food, counseling and education designed to help low-income women and their children maintain good health via smart nutrition and lifestyles choices.
“My primary goal is to improve WIC efficiency and effectiveness through positive relationships, sound policy and stellar customer service to those we serve,” said Chris Furner, Director of Utah WIC, which is currently the lead state within the MPSC. “Ciber’s system earned acclaim from the Utah Public Health Association in 2012, which speaks volumes about its quality. We’re confident that Ciber will keep our system running smoothly so that we can provide the excellent client service that is our number one goal.”
“The humanitarian benefit of WIC agencies and their work adds to the sense of accomplishment Ciber’s team feels when we contribute to WIC success,” said Michael Boustridge, Ciber President and Chief Executive Officer. “On behalf of my team, I can say that Ciber is proud to support the WIC mission through top-tier IT system development and managed services.”
The MPSC system is one of three State Agency Model (SAM) systems commissioned by the U.S. Food & Nutrition Service, a division of the Department of Agriculture. These systems were commissioned to lower IT costs for the Native American tribes and states that administer WIC programs by giving them a base IT configuration that can be replicated nationwide. Ciber built the SAM system for the MPSC as part of a project that commenced in 2006. Now that the system is in production for the original consortium states of Utah, Colorado and Wyoming, Vermont and Nebraska also are adopting it. Many other states are evaluating this Ciber-built system as well.
Ciber has taken a leadership role in WIC system development. The company’s SAM system will be the first of its kind to support both online and offline smartcard technology for Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT), an electronic mechanism for delivering benefits such as the WIC food allowances. This feature will help WIC programs comply with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which mandates that states provide EBT to clients by Oct. 1, 2020.
About Ciber, Inc.
Ciber (ciber.com) is a global IT consulting company with some 6,500 consultants in North America, Europe and Asia/Pacific, and approximately $1 billion in annual business. Client focused and results driven, Ciber partners with organizations to develop technology strategies and solutions that deliver tangible business value. Founded in 1974, the company trades on the New York Stock Exchange.
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