ACF Employee Honored as 2010 IRMCO Award Recipient

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Contact: Kenneth J. Wolfe
(202) 401-9215

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced the selection of Joseph W. Bodmer as a 2010 Interagency Resource Management Conference (IRMCO) Award recipient.

The IRMCO Award is a prestigious award presented each year to individuals and teams who have demonstrated exceptional ability to operate across organizational boundaries to improve the government’s services to its citizens. Award recipients receive a monetary recognition of $2,000 (individual) and $5,000 (team) from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

“I congratulate Mr. Bodmer on his outstanding leadership in developing a system for our nation’s tribal child support enforcement programs,” said Carmen R. Nazario, HHS assistant secretary for children and families. “Through his commitment clients of the tribal agencies now have access to the same kinds of technologies and automated systems state child support enforcement agencies have possessed for years.”

The Model Tribal System (MTS) developed by the Office of Child Support Enforcement is designed to recognize the importance and benefits of integrating automation in the daily operations of comprehensive tribal child support enforcement programs. MTS supports organizations with up to 25 offices and 100 concurrent users, handling workloads of up to 25,000 cases. GSA presented the award based on the improvement in automation services to clients, the involvement of the tribes in the requirements and design phase and the use of open software along with cost savings to both tribes and federal governments. Pilot testing will be complete this month and general availability of the MTS to tribes will begin May 1, 2010.  

“Mr. Bodmer believed in a vision for how automation can improve operations of tribal child support enforcement programs nationwide,” said Vicki Turetsky, commissioner, Office of Child Support Enforcement. “This innovative solution will help enhance the quality and timely delivery of services to all Native American families and children receiving tribal child support enforcement services.”

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