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HHS — Contracts Awarded 8/30/2012 = $156 million. Just for today, August 30, 2012, that is.

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Our relationship to “government” needs to be looked at.  Particularly, why so many people put up with it and haven’t figured out something better than putting lawyers and judges in charge of the place, as facilitated by a Congress which has plenty of people who used to be lawyers in it, no doubt.


A glance at this post should clarify that, by and large, we don’t know what the US Government (I mean, “federal”) is doing — although who’s helping fund it?  Wake the hell up and start looking up some CAFR‘s – -it’s the worlds largest contractor, and there are these other issues about Jurisdiction which keep cropping up also.  You cannot SUE this government, really (11th Amendment) unless it consents to.  while we had this Constitution, it appears to me that under Bankruptcy (which the US has never been out of, to date, to my awareness) it no longer applies.  If it did, and one engaged in commerce with the USA (which it’s almost impossible not to), you just became a contractor (u.S. Citizen = no unalienable rights) and shareholder in that thing in Washington, D.C.

WOMEN IN PARTICULAR should be cautious about citizenship.  A woman in our area called police for help “domestic dispute” which ended up in a vigorous chase, the other day, the guy fled.  They didn’t know an toddler was in the car.  He was killed in a hail of gunfire, after which it was reported that this was actually a woman’s BROTHER, not the perp, and he had been I think helping her get his niece (her child) away from the aggressor.  Now, he’s dead.  Did I mention, he’s also Hispanic? (Wikipedia informal list of people, mostly men, some during domestic disputes, killed by officers.  It’s a very very long list…)

Or you could go to a divorce, and have a judge over the domestic violence court (long-term presiding) and the judge tell your young self, a mother (about 23 yrs old, this one), to “go work it out” and no restraining order.  Finally they were in judge’s chambers, and the judge informed the father (a Marine) he would have to pay child support.  The young man (age 29) stepped outside the door, walked back in again, and cold-cocked the mother of his kids, knocking her unconscious immediately on the floor, some black eyes, a broken jaw.  He was finally tasered into submission, and THEN the judge believed that the guy was dangerous.  That apparently didn’t stop him from assigning shared parenting, though (along with jail and $1million bail).  THAT is our country (and it was in 2011 Florida:  (see comments for links to the story, another blog “AmericanAmnesia

MOVIN’ ON . . . .

I mentioned FEDMINE.com to an acquaintance the other day, and have on the blog before.  Its access is more timely (and probably far more accurate) than what is given the average person who looks things up on some free site which isn’t even proofread, but is designed for public consumption, like, say, “http://TAGGS.hhs.gov

It think this figure is worth posting, without too much commentary.  Per FEDMINE.com, the top agency obtaining contracts today was — hardly surprising — HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.


ALSO, SEE HIGHLIGHTS FOR SOME ONES SIGNIFICANT (at least that I’m aware of) in this Family Law Field.

If you see I have linked the company name (other links probably not valid) there may be a brief description if you hover the cursor.

049508120  –  WESTAT INCORPORATED 230,376 9,710,743
019121586  –  DELOITTE CONSULTING L.L.P. 1,593,527 32,298,506
091500090  –  JOHN SNOW, INCORPORATED (out of all of them, this one actually seems involved in HEALTH.  Founded 1978, internationally 106 offices, see “In Memoriam” link) 626,838 5,654,941
021873740  –  HUMAN TECHNOLOGY, INC 511,792 547,006
009399247  –  UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF MARYLAND 85,082 122,852
623214020  –  CONCEPT SYSTEMS INCORPORATED (3796) -4,941 -8,221
947300372  –  CLIFTON GUNDERSON LLP -102,382 -102,382

1920s | 1930s | 1940s | 1950s | 1960s | 1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s
 (check out the firm history/mgmt consulting; 1959 London office, etc.  2nd leader (1st died early) was Harvard MBA…
631,181 9,499,045
154308522  –  MATHEMATICA POLICY RESEARCH INC 364,999 14,398,928
088656512  –  IMPAQ INTERNATIONAL LLC(founded 2001 by a couple with govt background, Social Science Research, in MD. He’s economist,she’s History/Educ, he used to work for “Abt”) 415,623 5,197,316
146014373  –  ARSERVICES, LTD 650,102 650,102
183818145  –  CAPITAL CONSULTING CORP 64,557 961,723
197325277  –  LEWIN GROUP, INC., THE**(link is to someone from this group presenting at a 2007 AFCC conference.  Since 1970, they are Health and Human Services consultant; you can look it up). 630,811 4,396,810
127687093  –  CHILD TRENDS INC 1,011,927 1,686,523
072648579  –  ICF INCORPORATED, L.L.C. {{see below}} 500,000 13,942,449
622811847  –  STRATEGIC HEALTH SOLUTIONS, L.L.C. [woman-owned, Omaha, services Medicare & Medicaid] 3,198,739 8,861,059
127149784  –  HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS, LLC 1,281,472 3,970,432
929125818  –  C2C SOLUTIONS INC 6,323,200 18,091,004
611835203  –  TEYA TECHNOLOGIES, LLC 178,013 894,928
781844808  –  SEAMON CORPORATION 197,200 885,831
803935261  –  PROFESSIONAL TESTING, INC. 363,302 361,395
929219772  –  CONTRACT SUPPORT SOLUTIONS INC. -32,171 164,690
175291061  –  THE KEVRIC COMPANY INC 100,871 2,428,892

(I will kind of color-code by background color.  Obviously I am scanning here; the main point is — how little most of us realize, how large is the US Federal Government.  See recent posts on CAFR and USA, Inc. & Bankruptcies, etc.  If you are not a “scanner” this post will probably drive you crazy…)

Not starting with the largest one in “the Lewin Group,” but it does run close to the subject matter of this blog — the marriage/fatherhood movement through federal funding:


(FROM USASPENDING.GOV — THEY GOT (FROM ABOUT 2000 forward I think on this database):

Ranked by $$, the largest shows up as about $4+million (in 2005), “Marijuana Cultivation Study.”  They seem to have plenty in the $2 and $3 million ranges as well.  Fairfax, VA -close to the source, right).

Total Dollars:
Transactions: 1 to 25 of 740 (most are contracts,only 1 is a grant.
That’s a lot of money…Also most (677) are HHS).
Their founder, Lawrence Lewin just died this past may (age 74); he was Princeton, Harvard MBA, and Marines..– this obit shows his influence and Medicaid connections; another Washington Post 2009 article ties the group as very influential in Affordable Care, and some possible”dirt” (Scandal) related to the United Healthcare (or someone) that bought it in 2007. As part of Ingenix owned by “UnitedHealth” it is a consulting firm owned by one of the largest insurers around that got in trouble with NY Attorney General and the AMA for shifting costs to consumers with skewed data.  not The Lewin Group, but the group it was part of since it got bought.  Apparently Republicans like it?:
Lewin Group, Insurer-Owned Consulting Firm, Often Cited in Health Reform Debate
By David S. HilzenrathWashington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, July 23, 2009

The political battle over health-care reform is waged largely with numbers, and few number-crunchers have shaped the debate as much as the Lewin Group, a consulting firm whose research has been widely cited by opponents of a public insurance option.To Rep. Eric Cantor (Va.), the House Republican whip, it is “the nonpartisan Lewin Group.” To Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee, it is an “independent research firm.” To Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (Utah), the second-ranking Republican on the pivotal Finance Committee, it is “well known as one of the most nonpartisan groups in the country.”Generally left unsaid amid all the citations is that the Lewin Group is wholly owned by UnitedHealth Group, one of the nation’s largest insurers.

An Evaluability Assessment of Responsible Fatherhood Programs

August 1997

DHHS, Office of the Assistant Secretaryf or Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)

Analysis of site visits to five newly formed responsible fatherhood programs find a series of steps can be taken to improve their viability and evaluability. Program managers can develop core definitions of what constitutes a responsible fatherhood program; conduct process evaluations to define program objectives, activities and best practices; building basic MIS capacity; and stabilizing and enhancing funding.

(This one combines what looks like an HHS? grant to the Lewin group (97FM0122) with an HHS Contract to . . . . combined with a Ford Foundation Grant headed up by Ronald Mincy, wich name is significant (look it up).  Lewin were simply the enablers and to make it look (or be) more scientific and respectable.  This being only 1997, it shows just how much intention and planning to completely continue expanding “FATHERHOOD” as a field (regardless of results) was made — and this of course depended on major foundations like FORD working with WELFARE money.  FYI, Ford Foundation are not the good guys here in the US …)

This gives me a very squirrely feeling (esp. knowing that by 1998 somehow Congress passed a “fatherhood resolution.”)

But on ca. page 110 of this report (link is the title) you see a list of “Experts Consulted” (Two are from Child Trends, the others are also significant).  Johns Hopkins involved also.  The whole thing makes me a little ill, given the impact of this trend on my life, personally, and my (DAUGHTERS’, not son’s) futures! ! !  I made it pink just for “spite,” given the subject matter is the opposite gender…

***II. Purpose of this Report

The increased interest in programs that promote responsible fatherhood and the limited information currently available on the services provided and effectiveness of these programs has generated interest in the systematic evaluation of responsible fatherhood programs. For this reason, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Ford Foundation funded The Lewin Group and Johns Hopkins University to conduct an evaluability assessment of responsible fatherhood programs.

Fatherhood programs and emphasis on male parenting are relatively recent phenomena in the social service sector. Many of the programs currently in place are either very new or, if established, have been experimenting with new interventions or changing the program focus over time to meet the interests and objectives of funders. It is generally the case that fatherhood programs have not adequately documented their performance. This may be because of limited resources, a lack of experience with methods of measuring performance, or simply because the focus of program staff has been on serving fathers rather than proving that methods are effective. While program staff may believe that their activities are helping fathers and resulting in positive impacts on society, others, particularly funders, may be skeptical of evidence of program effectiveness that is limited to anecdotes.

Evaluations of responsible fatherhood programs can serve two important functions:

• provide information to outside agencies and organizations regarding the objectives and the effectiveness of their interventions, which may be used to attract and justify fundingfrom these outside sources; and• provide information to program staff that may be used to modify program design to more efficiently and effectively serve the fathers who use their services.


Systematic evaluation of fatherhood program outcomes is crucial to both program design and funding. Conducting rigorous evaluations using standard scientific methods . . .[[will provide continued income for the Lewin Group, the Fatherhood practitioners and organizations, and many other people, not including the children that these program are supposed to help by encouraging and enabling their Daddies to “man up” and support their offspring]]

Some of these groups hang together at times.

 the Lewin Group at a 2007 AFCC conference:42. Healthy Marriage Projects: The Influence of Marriage on Child Support Enforcement

The Administration for Children and Families’ top goal in the last few years has been to encourage marriage for unwed low income families through marriage education, community outreach and demonstrations. This panel will discuss the status of Community Healthy Marriage Projects being financed by the Office of Child Support Enforcement, “Building Strong Families” marriage demonstrations being financed by the Administration of Children and Families and the importance of former marriage status or unmarried status on subsequent child support enforcement out- comes.

  • Barbara Devaney, Ph.D., Mathematica, Washington, D.C.
  • Michael Fishman, Ph.D., Lewin Group, Falls Church, VA
  • Hillard Pouncy, Ph.D., Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
  • Moderator: David Arnaudo, Office of Child Support Enforcement, Washington, D.C.  (a.k.a. HHS/OCSE)

(this presentation for sale — only $15.00)

One reason they may be interested to conference at AFCC — AFCC has judges.  Some Family Law judges get to mandate parenting education, etc.  Dr. Fishman is now with MEF, and his bio shows a close connection to welfare matters, and HHS.  I’m sure the personal connections didn’t hurt either.  He has a masters in “organizational psychology”  which is probably the way to go if you want a government career these days, and an MPA from USC..  Hardly suprising, the new company is also into (among other things) and is in Alexandria, VA.

Marriage and relationship education

State Policies to Promote Marriage
This report inventories state policies directly focused on promoting or supporting marriage. Using secondary data sources, the authors compiled information across states documenting the presence of marriage-related activities in a variety of areas such as campaigns and commissions; divorce laws and procedures; marriage and relationship preparation and education; tax and transfer policies; marriage support and promotion programs.

  • State Policies to Promote Marriage, Karen N. Gardiner, Michael E. Fishman, Plamen Nikolov, Asaph Glosser, and Stephanie Laud. With the assistance of Theodora Ooms, September, 2002

I googled “The Lewin Group, AFCC, Fatherhood” but apparently I’m one of the few people catching on to it, per Google anyhow.  One association with the Abstinence Group, “WAIT” (Joneen Krauth — plenty on that on this blog too, I actually looked up their corporate records history in Colorado.  What a group — associated with NARME, etc.  What a racket, too!):  This showed up under “pipl.”  The site AAHMI is African American Healthy Marriage Initiative which is, by any other name, HHS…  Basically…  DNR if this was at Hampton Univ. or where.

The Lewin Group is pleased to share these materials developed for the Joneen Krauth RN, BSN — NEW. Executive Director of The Abstinence and [ Speakers List – www.aahmi.net ]

Title, logo, and menu

“Reference in this web site to any specific commercial product, process, service, manufacturer, organization, or company does not constitute its endorsement or recommendation by the U.S. Government, the Department of Health and Human Services, or the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). ACF is not responsible for the contents of any “off-site” web page referenced from this server or from private, third-party, pop-up, or browser-integrated software or applications.”

NOTE:  A long while ago, I remember this particular AAHMI and some closely associated nonprofits I was looking up, was one key to understanding just how much the HHS is reaching out with money to set up “mouthpiece” nonprofits or groups (including with key speakers) around the country.  I figure HHS at this point is about as criminally-run a US Dept. as HUD is alleged to be, by someone who knows well enough as she used to be near its top.(C.A. Fitts, late 1980/1990s).

[[2016 updated material from LewinGroup.com]]

Viewed at “lewin.com” 4/11/2016 during blog update

(Their “About Us” page, main content):

The Lewin Group is a premier national health care and human services consulting firm. We understand the industry and provide our clients with high-quality products and insightful support.

Why Choose The Lewin Group?

Proven History

We have nearly 50 years’ experience finding answers and solving problems for leading organizations in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors.

Objective Viewpoint

The Lewin Group is committed to independence and integrity in our work. We combine professional expertise with extensive knowledge and a rigorous approach to analyzing and solving problems to deliver value to each of our clients and to the larger community as well.

Real-World Experience

Our strategic and analytical services help clients:

  • Improve policy and expand knowledge of health care and human services systems
  • Enact, run, and evaluate programs to enhance delivery and financing of health care and human services
  • Deal with shifts in health care practice, technology, and regulation
  • Optimize performance, quality, coverage, and health outcomes
  • Create strategies for institutions, communities, governments, and people to make health care and human services systems more effective
Who We Are

The Lewin Group employs more than 140 consultants drawn from industry, government, academia, and the health professions. Many are national authorities whose strategies for health and human services system improvements come from their personal experience with imperatives for change. The Lewin Group is an Optum company, a wholly owned subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group. We’re editorially independent, but through partnerships with Optum, we can tap into a vast body of data and resources. Optum is an analytics, technology, and consulting services firm that enables better decisions throughout the health system.

The Lewin Group provides its clients with the very best expert and impartial health care and human services policy research and consulting services.

 Learn about our independence
 Meet the leadership team

OTHER 2016 observations on The Lewin Group: Street address:  3130 Fairview Park Drive #500, Falls Church, VA — is right near “Acentia, a Maximus Company” which is same street address #800.  Maximus, we may remember, contractor to manage child support, Medicaid, other health-care related record-keeping, collections & distributions in a number of states (and at least one other country).

(3130 Fairview Dr #800, Falls Church, VA. Viewed 4/11/2016 during blog update)

Acentia, a MAXIMUS Company, is a premier employer who provides software, information technology, and management solutions that produce successful programs of national significance, while consistently demonstrating a partnership of trust and value to our federal customers and the American taxpayer.

[Holistic Data Analytics….]

Centers of Excellence” (options:  Analytics / Cloud / Mobility)

“Acentia offers a holistic approach to Big Data and Analytics. Traditional analytics can tell you what happened and why, but leading organizations are using predictive analytics to understand what could happen and prescriptive analytics to choose the next best action.”



(SEE LINK in chart above; Wikipedia gives the history. Started in 1969 by a former Tuskeegee Airman as inner city venture capital, but it changed direction, bought and sold various companies and now is like, LARGE).

I blogged earlier (ca. 2011)

Recipient Name City State ZIP Code County DUNS Number Sum of Awards
I C F, INC  FAIRFAX VA 22031-6050 FAIRFAX 072648579 $ 2,477,256
Award Title Sum of Actions

(NRCSPHM — what did you think it sood for?  🙂  )

(PJ Media — Dr. Phyllis Chesler writes or wrote on there — was kind enough to print my comments here; the 2nd comment mentions ICF).

I profiled this company before, particularly when TAGGS.hhs.gov decided to bastardize its name on the database.  It’s in Fairfax VA with background in Defense, Energy and in 1988 it acquired a division of Kaiser (engineering) and got REALLY large.  It’s currently #64 of Forbes top 100 companies, is traded on the NYSE, and etc.   HHS hired to to do even more (stuff) to promote marriage, whch is the acronym.  ON this blog somewhere, no doubt:


ICF Incorporated, LLC (NRCSPHM) Fairfax
Icf Incorporated, L.L.C. is a general contractor in Fairfax, VA. In the top 10% of 15,898 Northern Virginia contractors.

C2C SOLUTIONS was formed only in 2007 (see YTD$$)– I never heard of it.  This is what it does:

Welcome to C2C Solutions

People in MeetingISO CertificationC2C Solutions, Inc. (C2C) is a company with national presence and a reputation for quality, service and innovation that offers solutions to better serve the health care sector. C2C was formed on April 2, 2007 and currently adjudicates second level Medicare Part B appeals from 36 states and three U.S. territories. C2C also serves as the national independent entity to resolve payment disputes between Medicare Advantage (MA) organizations, Private Fee for Service (PFFS) plans and deemed and non-contracted providers. C2C is an International Organization for Standardization (ISO 9001:2008) registered company, and is In-Process status for URAC accreditation as an Independent Review Organization (IRO). In fact, everything that C2C does is guided by its value statement and quality goal of doing: The Right Things, The Right Way



About Deloitte 
Deloitte refers to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, a Swiss Verein, its member firms and their respective subsidiaries and affiliates. As a Swiss Verein (association), neither Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu nor any of its member firms has any liability for each other’s acts or omissions. Each of the member firms is a separate and independent legal entity operating under the names “Deloitte,” “Deloitte & Touche,” “Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu,” or other related names. Services are provided by the member firms or their subsidiaries or affiliates and not by the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Verein.

Deloitte & Touche USA LLP is the U.S. member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. In the U.S., services are provided by the subsidiaries of Deloitte & Touche USA LLP (Deloitte & Touche LLP, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Deloitte Tax LLP, and their subsidiaries), and not by Deloitte & Touche USA LLP.

_ _ _ frighteningly into technology like, everywhere:

February 28, 2005

Applied Biosystems and Deloitte Consulting LLP Announce a Strategic Alliance to Provide Comprehensive Informatics Solutions to the Life Science Marketplace

Solutions to Be Designed for Life Science Research and Development, Clinical Research, and Forensics Laboratories

FOSTER CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 28, 2005-Applied Biosystems (NYSE:ABI), an Applera Corporation business, and Deloitte Consulting LLP, a leading professional services and consulting provider, today announced the signing of a strategic alliance agreement to provide a broad range of services to deliver comprehensive informatics solutions to life science markets. The alliance combines Deloitte’s extensive experience in life science systems development and deployment with Applied Biosystems’ extensive knowledge and experience in life science technology development and laboratory management system

Deloitte Consulting LLP is directly connected with Wade Horn, who went right from significant position at HHS to the National Fatherhood Initiative which is a corrupt nonprofit which has probably done as much as any  nonprofit taking federal money from (welfare, among other places) to make sure there is NO safe place anymore for abused mothers with small children to ever get free from abuse (either directly in the household, or indirectly through economic deprivation of child support — or through custody wars).

Deloitte Consulting LLP

Wade previously served as the commissioner for Children, Youth and Families and as chief of the Children’s Bureau within DHHS. He transitioned from that role to serve as president of the National Fatherhood Initiative – an organization dedicated to improving the well-being of children by increasing the number of children growing up with involved, committed and responsible fathers.

Wade has a doctorate in clinical psychology from Southern Illinois University and has served as associate director of Michigan State University’s Psychological Clinic. He also has held the position of director of outpatient psychological services at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center and associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at George Washington University.

This man has background in the world’s easiest major, which many still challenge as even being a legitimate science, and rightly so.  It is a field with an unusually high # of criminals attracted to it, who if they are prosecuted, then skip to other states and set up shop again.   I have blogged him before; he is no friend to women with children (Where is Mrs. Horn? One never hears about her).

This next Deloitte Consulting LLP article shows that as poverty and the need for aid increase (not in small part because groups like — or trained by — National Fatherhood Initiative, with its very religious thesis about what causes poverty, crime, abuse, even sexual abuse, promiscuity etc (and it’s of course fatherlessness) – profits to Deloitte, in particular increase, through technology, which (along with psychology) is their field:

>Deloitte’s HHS leaders discuss how several states are implementing self-service systems to reach more citizens in need and handle larger caseloads without the need for a larger workforce.

The recession means many states are seeing dramatic increases in the number of citizens applying for aid. States that have implemented self-service systems within the last several years are finding they are not only able to better handle rapidly increasing caseloads, but they are also better positioned to meet looming advanced benefit delivery needs.

Sundhar Sekhar, principal and HHS practice leader with Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Dr. Wade Horn, HHS director, Deloitte Consulting LLP, recently wrote an article for the American Public Human Services Association’s (APHSA) Policy & Practice magazine. The article discusses how states like Wisconsin, New York, Georgia, Massachusetts and New Mexico have used self-service portals to improve both how they do business and how they serve citizens


http://www.deloitte.com/view/en_US/us/Industries/index.htm  AND BANKING & SECURITIES:

The Deloitte shadow banking index: Shedding light on banking’s shadows

Shadow banking may help drive the day-to-day financial system, but it is a concept looking for a hard-and-fast definition.
It is generally agreed that the shadow banking sector has grown to an imposing size over the last few years. Despite coming under intense scrutiny following the financial crisis, there have been disparate characterizations of what the shadow banking sector truly entails — with size estimates ranging from $10 to $60 trillion. 

this same firm was also a vendor for the highly political (and scandalized) CALIFORNIA COURT CASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (CCMS) WHICH THE JUDICIAL COUNCIL AND TRIAL COURTS HAVE BEEN FIGHTING ABOUT.  I see from a March 2012 meeting that delays caused by Deloitte cost Californians, and it elected to pay us back $16 million.  Apparently profits are good as it’s able to do this.  There was a whistleblower involved (re: overbilling) on this, who was then fired, who quit, heads are rolling, and in short — it’s a major scandal.  In addition to this I personally have issues with a company who’s got a man on it (Wade Horn) responsible in part for seeking to restructure the statewide (throughout the country) family court system to become an out-based (increased noncustodial parenting, a.k.a. abusive fathers) process and incentivize judges to do this.  for one, it is getting families killed, and is unfair to the custodial parents in that they are often not even told about the grants system.  For another, besides it’s simply unethical — it is utilizing federal money designed to alleviate poverty — not to speculate on marriage theory and test that theory nationwide on kids and their parents.  This is the legacy in part of welfare reform, which legacy needs to be changed anyhow.


Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher AB 1208 (Calderon) – Administrative Office of the Courts Thursday, February 1, 2012

Assemblyman Fletcher: “I rise in support of reforming the Administrative Office of the Courts. It is a failed institution that is failing the trial courts that it’s entrusted to protect. For years now we have seen the mismanagement, we’ve seen disregard for taxpayer funds, we’ve seen an unwillingness to change and reform, a bloated staff, a disastrous computer system, unrealistic construction and maintenance costs; all too often that’s just another day at the office for the Administrative Office of the Courts.”

“And at a time when local governments are struggling, when local courts are struggling to keep their courts open, the AOC has shifted billions of dollars away from ensuring justice, with programs riddled with delays, ballooning price tags and management failures.I want to highlight just quickly, and I know the debate has been long, but a couple specifics of what we’re talking about.”

  • Initial estimates had put the cost of CCMS at $206 million, but as of June 2010, the program has already spent $407 million and is projected to cost $2.5 billion to finish developing and training courtemployees and justice partners how to use the system,” said Alejo in criticizing the Administrative Officeof the Courts, generally referred to by its acronym AOC. “Moreover, because of failures by the AOC toproperly structure its contract with the vendor, the contract now costs $310 million, nearly 10 times theinitial estimate.
  • “Additionally, the AOC did not structure its contract with Deloitte Consulting LLP (development vendor), the firm that has assisted in developing CCMS, to ensure that the AOC could adequately control the total cost and size of the contract. Over the course of seven years, the AOC entered into 102 amendments to develop, deploy, and support the civil system; to deploy and support the criminal system; and to develop CCMS. As a result, the cost of the contract has increased significantly—growing from $33 million to $310 million—and the AOC has become increasingly dependent on the development vendor’s knowledge and expertise.”Howle, Elaine. “Administrative Office of the Courts: The Statewide Case Management Project Faces Significant Challenges Due to Poor Project Management”

But here’s more info on this very live, 2012, issue. California eventually (in part because the courts budget was slashed) to scrap or otherwise reutilize this $333 million project, etc.

March 27, 2012

Judicial Council Votes to Stop Deployment of Statewide Case Management System

Cites fiscal crisis, high cost of CCMS V4
We have to develop a new vision for our branch technology infrastructure given our fiscal climate,” said Judge James E. Herman, chair of the committee. “We are committed to implementing a cost-effective, efficient technology that serves the public, litigants, attorneys, and trial courts.”

According to a report by the independent auditing firm of Grant Thornton, LLP, estimates for deployment of CCMS V4 to 11 courts would be $343 million for one-time and supporting costs through fiscal year 2020-2021. To date, $333.3 million has been spent on the V3 and V4 software product the Judicial Council now owns.

In the current fiscal year, state funding of the trial courts was slashed by $350 million and another $310 million was swept from the courthouse construction fund to help balance the state’s General Fund.  Since 2008-2009, state funding of the judicial branch has been cut by $653 million, leading to closures of courtrooms, reduced hours, and employee layoffs.

Originally conceived in 2001, CCMS was designed to provide the trial courts with a single, statewide case management system to replace 70 individual case systems in use among the California courts. The concept was to improve public safety and business efficiencies by enabling trial courts to exchange information with each other as well as other justice system partners, such as law enforcement and to improve service to attorneys and the public.

Interim systems provided case management for criminal and traffic cases (V2) followed by civil, small claims, probate and mental health cases (V3).  V4 could handle all case types, provide for data exchange, and provide public access to cases across the state

McKinsey & Company The washington, D.C. McKinsey & Company (never heard of ’em) is a NY consulting firm founded in 1926:

McKinsey & Company is one of the world’s top management consulting firms. With roughly 90 offices in more than 50 countries around the globe, it serves three of the world’s five largest companies and about two-thirds of the FORTUNE 1000. The company advises corporate enterprises, as well as government agencies, institutions, and foundations on a number of business practices. They include business technology, corporate finance, marketing and sales, operations, organization, risk, and strategy. McKinsey’s consulting services focus on more than a dozen different industries, from automotive and banking to pharmaceuticals and telecommunications. Founded by James McKinsey in 1926, the firm is owned by its partners. 


Taggs (This = outright HHS grants, not contracts for services or products delivered)

Recipient Name City State ZIP Code County DUNS Number Sum of Awards
If you take a look at a tax return (I just viewed 2010) and the page showing their “program accomplishments” it becomes immediately clear that this DC-based Nonprofit with revenues of ca. $8 million (ALL of which it is spending, which nonprofits tend to do overall), it is basically allowing HHS and a few other key organizations (Annie E. Casey, Stuart, etc.) to run the show, and that there is a VERY well paid board of directors;  Carol Emig (2010 CEO) is over $214K, and many others (including Ms. Anderson Moore, below), $165K, many of them over $100K — from this nonprofit, not including others  There are also three consultants very well paid (over $100K) as well.  So of the $5 million of GOVERNMENT (let alone other) grants received at this nonprofit — about $1.2 million ($1.178 I think it was) goes straight to salaries.  Over $486K to fundraising, and in return for being the lackeys of HHS andprivate wealth these, “experts” get to publish conference, and lecture all over, including at associations or organizations possibly in one of your states.
Child Trends DC 2010 $5,403,951 990 28 13-2982969
Child Trends DC 2009 $5,579,289 990 25 13-2982969
Child Trends DC 2008 $6,981,408 990 26 13-2982969
Child Trends DC 2007 $3,558,658 990 26 13-2982969
Child Trends Inc. DC 2006 $3,702,058 990 31 13-2982969
Child Trends Inc. DC 2005 $3,755,305 990 24 13-2982969
Child Trends Inc. DC 2004 $2,266,021 990 30 13-2982969
Child Trends Inc. DC 2003 $1,671,906 990 28 13-2982969
Child Trends Inc. DC 2002 $3,118,616 990 25 13-2982969

These have to be seen to be believed….

Child Trends, Inc. is a DC-based think tank and a nonprofit.  Formed in 1979.

In 2006 it named a lecture series in honor of its 1992-2006 leader, Kristin Anderson Moore.  the first lecture of the series was delivered by Isabel Sawhill, of Brookings.  that she’s probably also on the Board of Mathematica (above, got a nice hefty contract 8/30 as well) or at least on several projects they are studying, is hardly suprising.

That particular set of years is meaningful to me, personally.  In 1992 I was between children, pregnant with #2, and my husband began assaulting (battering, severely) me in the home, often for no reason at all, and as I was without means to leave or support myself at this time, I didn’t.  So my second child got her first breath having heard domestic violence occurring right around her — before birth.  She was, however born very healthy and full term. . . . In 1994 the VAWA act was passed (andhad no meaning for me as the assaults continued).   In 1996 welfare reform passed, helping groups like this, but not women and children leaving abuse. Other years passed, including a man in California (Richard Fine) discovering that Los Angeles DA had been sitting on over $14 million of undistributed child support; Fine helped sue on behalf of a paying father and forced them to distribute.  He also discovered a series of county bribes to the judges (which were unconstitutional) and confronted them, eventually (for his efforts) getting disbarred and put in jail (solitary confinement) for 18 months. . . . .  Nice country we live in.    . . .. 2006 was meaningful to me also, as this was when my children were stolen overnight (which is a felony — but anything in family law system is not actually considered a felony — it’s a “family dispute” needing more services ordered.  So this 1992-2006 span of wonderful studies on Children, didn’t help mine . . . . . At all.

“Our work is supported by foundations; local, state, and federal governments; and private sector funders.”


Fatherhood & Parenting
Mindy E. ScottSenior Research Scientist

“Child Trends gratefully acknowledges the following funders for their support:”////


  • Anonymous
  • The Atlantic Philanthropies
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Casey Family Programs
  • The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
  • Commonwealth Foundation
  • The Duke Endowment
  • Eckerd Family Foundation
  • Freddie Mac Foundation
  • The Irving B. Harris Foundation
  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation  [[Not sure, but I think supports AFCC at times]]
  • Institute of Marriage and Family, Canada
  • Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
  • The Walter S. Johnson Foundation
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation
  • Minnesota Early Learning Foundation
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Sierra Health Foundation
  • The Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust
  • Stuart Foundation
  • The Summit Fund of Washington
  • John Templeton Foundation
  • Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
  • The Wallace Foundation
  • Government:
  • Centers for Disease Control
  • Detroit Workforce Development Department
  • District of Columbia Department of Human Services
  • Early Care and Education Administration
  • Minnesota Department of Human Services
  • Nation Institute of Justice
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
  • Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (many fatherhood programs run through here)
  • Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
  • U. S. Census Bureau
  • U. S. Department of Education
  • National Center for Education Statistics
  • Policy and Program Study Services
  • U. S. Department of Health and Human Services
    • Administration for Children and Families
    • Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
    • Child Care Bureau
    • Health Resources and Services
    • Administration
    • Maternal and Child Health Bureau
    • Substance Abuse and Mental Health
    • Services Administration
  • Partner Organizations:
  • American Institute of Research’s FederalStatistics Program
  • American Psychological Association
  • Birth to Five Policy Alliance
  • Brigham Young University
  • Bright Beginnings
  • Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County
  • Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin
  • CNA Corporation
  • Communities in Schools
    Cornell University
    Council of Chief State School Officers
    Forum for Youth Investment
    Georgetown University
    Harlem Children’s Zone
    Healthy Families Thriving Communities
    Collaborative Council, Washington, DC
    Healthy Teen Network
    The Heritage Foundation
    ICF International
    Illinois Action for Children
    J. K. Elder & Associates
    Learning for Well-being Consortium of Foundations
    MDRC  [[A HUGE ONE…]]
    Mathematica Policy Research
    National Black Child Development Institute
    National Campaign to Prevent Teen and
    Unplanned Pregnancy
    National Fatherhood Initiative
    Oregon Health and Science University
    Pal-Tech, Inc.
    Population Reference Bureau
    Public Children Services Association of Ohio
    State of Maryland Department of Education
    Teaching Strategies
    Twin Cities United Way
    University of California, San Francisco
    University of Chicago Chapin Hall
    National Opinion Research Center
    University of Cincinnati
    University of Maryland School of Social Work
    University of Minnesota, Center for Early
    Education and Development
    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill,
    FPG Child Development Institute  (who?)
    National Implementation Research
    Youthline America

…Here’s an example of just ONE (2010) award, for only $79,400 — to this entity:

List of (recovery) Awards for:
4301 CONN AVE, NW, SUITE 350
WASHINGTON, DC 20008-2304
DUNS Number Award Number Award Title Agency Fiscal Year Issue Date Funding Amount

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The goal of the proposed research is to examine differences in well-being, in terms of academic achievement, mental health, and substance use, for adult offspring growing up with nonresident versus resident fathers and to examine whether nonresident father involvement mitigates these potential differences. We address the following research questions: Question 1A: Do differences in well-being between offspring that grew up with a nonresident father versus offspring that grew up with a resident father continue into adulthood? Question 1B: Do the differences between growing up with a nonresident father versus a resident father vary based on the length of time spent without a resident father? Question 2: Among nonresident father families, what are the direct and indirect pathways through which father involvement in adolescence and young adulthood is associated with increased well-being during adulthood? Question 3: What dimensions of nonresident father involvement have the strongest positive associations with adult offspring well-being, and do certain types of involvement matter more for certain dimensions of wellbeing? Question 4: Do the pathways between nonresident father involvement and offspring well-being during adulthood differ for sons versus daughters? The proposed project will use data from Waves I,III and IV of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health and will extend research by examining differences in adult well-being between offspring with resident biological fathers, offspring who never lived with their biological fathers, and offspring with nonresident fathers absent from the household for varying lengths of time. The proposed study will also examine the consequences of nonresident father involvement for adult offspring well-being. The project will use a structural equation modeling framework in Mplus in order to control for complex sampling design, efficiently account for missing data, incorporate latent constructs of key predictors and outcomes, and analyze cross-group differences. The proposed project contributes to prior research by (1) examining differences in adult offspring well-being between resident father families and diverse types of nonresident father families; (2) examining the unique contribution of multiple dimensions of nonresident father involvement over-time; and (3) examining whether problem behaviors observed during adolescence persist into adulthood, and whether nonresident father involvement serves as a protective factor for these outcomes at later ages. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: Understanding the long-term implications of childhood family structure and nonresident father involvement for adult offspring’s development and well-being is important given high rates of divorce and increasing rates of nonmarital childbearing in the United States, which result in large numbers of children growing up apart from their biological fathers. Clarifying the role of nonresident fathers in shaping offspring’s well-being during adulthood will help inform current efforts aimed at increasing and improving nonresident father involvement, and will help programs develop interventions that will have long-lasting benefits for children.

[2016 update.  Social Science R&D at taxpayer expense. “Good eff-ing Grief…. !!”]]

She publishes at the Urban Institute, including studies on the effect of welfare reform.

Kristin Anderson Moore is a social psychologist.  From LDSChurchnews.com, Here she is speaking in 2007 at BYU (Brigham Young University, right?) at a lecture in a certain series set up by the President (Gordon B Hinckley’s) late wife, i.e., Sister Hinckley.  So, is she also Mormon, here?

Dr. Kristin Anderson Moore delivers a lecture titled “Child and Family Well Being: A New Look” at the third annual lecture for the Marjorie Pay Hinckley Endowed Chair in Social Work and the Social Sciences at BYU on Feb. 8. 

Speaking at the third annual Marjorie Pay Hinckley Endowed Chair Lecture at BYU, Dr. Moore addressed the topic “Child and Family Well-Being: A New Look.”

Named for President Gordon B. Hinckley’s late wife, the Marjorie Pay Hinckley Endowed Chair in Social Work and the Social Sciences was established in 2004 to honor Sister Hinckley’s service and contributions to the field. The chair seeks to focus on the family through research and education, expand learning through lecture and mentored learning, increase community involvement and provide service to the university.

‘A New Look’ at research on the family

Visiting scholar calls for more optimistic approach
By Sarah Jane Weaver
Church News staff writer
Published: Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007

Christin Emig

rebutting three letters to the NYT from three professionals agreeing that putting kids into kindergarten too early is not a good idea. One pointed out that there’s a higher rate of Ritalin prescription, particularly among boys, in too-young kindergartners. Keep in mind someone is paying this woman over $200K per year to do run Child Trends and help be its figurehead. The others actually have something to say, including, ‘what’s so sacred about the academic year”? Ms. Emig pipes back in with her rhetoric, over her title….

When is a Child too Young for Kindergarten?”
Ltrs to editor are June 2, 2011; the article apparently May 28…

If you read it, Ms. Emig shows no recognition that there is some debate about the value of early education, she simply spits out the canned information, with the word “low-income” “budget cuts” etc.
(there is an indication that the on-line posted version may not match what showed in the print version of same date, p. A22). (to save the text of the letters, I’ve placed them under the URL: Hover cursor to see it).

This is the illustrious background of someone who came up with that boilerplate knee-jerk response to getting kids into school a little later, and perhaps in the process, needing a little less ritalin for active little boys:

M.P.P., John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
B.A., International Relations, Georgetown University

Under Ms. Emig’s leadership, Child Trends began or significantly expanded its child welfare research, its capacity to communicate research effectively to local, state, and federal policy makers, and its outreach and interaction with programs that provide direct services to children, youth, and families. In particular, Child Trends works extensively with decision makers to use data effectively, to incorporate evidence-based practices into their programs and policies, to evaluate their effectiveness in improving outcomes for children, and to use all of this information to target, refine or expand their efforts to help vulnerable children and youth.
Before returning to Child Trends as President in September 2006, Ms. Emig was Executive Director of the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care from 2002-2006, where she planned and directed all aspects of the work of this blue-ribbon panel. Many of the Pew Commission’s recommendations have been enacted by Congress, state agencies, and state Supreme Courts. Prior to this, she was Vice President for External Relations at Child Trends, where she built the organization’s public policy communications department.Ms. Emig’s other professional experiences include Deputy Director of the National Commission on Children, a bipartisan Congressional-Presidential panel [[See URL–Congressionally voted in, existed from 1987-1993)]]; Senior Associate at the Center for the Study of Social Policy; director of a state children’s advocacy organization; and, early in her career, research assistant to First Lady Rosalynn Carter.

Clearly Ms. Emig expects to be making decisions, and to be heard, and probably obeyed


A check list of who’s on that Pew Council shows her as head of the Staff, and a few judges, a legislator — but it was chaired by a man from Brookings Institution (another think-tank VERY active in welfare matters), plus Wm. Vickrey of California Judicial Council, AOC (until he stepped down — in some disgrace recently, after which his replacement, Ron Overholt, ALSO stepped down. Turmoil on the home front, and the AOC has a bad rep these days. They are also where welfare grants to states to increase fatherhood parenting time goes, currently (last I checked).

Here’s link to that Nat’l Commission on Children.  It should be noted that “NACC” (National Association of Counsel for Children) was active ca. 1977ff and expanded greatly by Marvin Ventrell (later), an attorney, and HHS eventually helped NACC set up “Child welfare law” as a speciality.  Thereafter, there has been a serious attempt to put a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in almost every child’s life.


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