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Project Plan Overview: Los Angeles County Dept of Social Services

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Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services has been struggling to accomplish a well organized computer system that was supposed to minimize the work of the employees, minimize the consumption of paper, decrease the number of errors and make the service for the customer faster. The bid for a newer, innovative and technological system began at $1 million dollars in 1995 (www.articles.com) . Many contractors sought the opportunity to make the County's dream come true. In this paper, I will attempt to describe a proposed project that will enable the County to fulfill the need for a faster service, more accurate, cutting unnecessary paper work for the employees and the lowest possible cost. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services has attempted to develop a computer system that will connect to Federal Systems, State and local integrated systems to cross reference individuals across the nation. Bidding for the project began in 1990 where 10 contractors were chosen to debate a better cost efficient computer system for the County. Some of the competitors involved Unisys, Maximus and other private entities. Unisys was chosen to pick up the challenge. The proposal promised to have the system up and running within 1 year, minimizing error, expediting document turn around and cutting paper work for the employees. Three years later it was discovered by an undeclared source that what had been promised was far a way from reality and remained just that a "dream". What began at $1 million dollars, had escalated to 7 million dollars in the period span of 3 years. What makes this more incredible is that Unisys was nowhere near finishing the compounding task after the promised year. Two years la... ... middle of paper ... ...on and eigenvector analysis enables us to account for all the interactions between managerial and success variables and to address a handful of perspectives, often left unanalyzed by previous research" (Shenhar, Tishler etal,. 2002). Having said this, the proposal has been addressed to your department for further legal issues and payment. References: Leo, Douglas W, CCC (2002). Using Project History to Assure Project Success. Transactions of AAEE International, p01 Retrieved: February 25, 2006 from www.apollolibrary.com Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services Home Page 2006. Retrieved: February 26,2007 from www.laco.gov Shehar, A; Tishler, Asher; Divir, Dov; Lipovestky, Stanislav; Lechler, Thomas 2002. R&D Management; 2002. Vol. 32 Issue 2, p111, 16p Retrieved: February 26, 2007 from http://web.ebscohost.com