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Maryland Kicks-off SLI’s Independent Assessment Services Contract

Wednesday, February 4, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Maryland Kicks-off SLI’s Independent Assessment Services Contract for Unemployment Insurance Modernization Project

SLI Global Solutions selected as IV&V provider for UIM project

DENVER, CO. - February 3, 2015 - The Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT) in partnership with the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) has selected SLI Global Solutions to provide Independent Verification & Validation (IV&V) services for the Unemployment Insurance Modernization (UIM) Project. The UIM Project is an innovative multi-state effort made up of Vermont, Maryland, and West Virginia – known as the VMW Consortium. The goal of this project is to replace the three aging legacy UI systems supporting these states with a modern core UI system processing benefits, tax, and appeals. Using a consortium approach to developing new UI systems has been gaining traction as states and the US Department of Labor look to reduce expenditures by developing core systems that are used by multiple states rather than funding unique systems for every state in the nation.

The VMW Consortium has nearly completed the planning and requirements phase of the UIM Project. SLI is conducting a snapshot “health check” of the project’s processes and products to help identify and mitigate risks as they move into the design, development and implementation (DDI) phase of the project. The SLI team will be reviewing over 50 documents, including requirements and use cases, technical architecture, plans and schedules, and a draft DDI Request For Proposals (RFP). This “health check” will result in assessment reports and briefings to DoIT and DLLR/VMW Consortium stakeholders. Following the initial snapshot, DoIT has the option to extend SLI’s services to monitor the risk mitigation recommendations and conduct ongoing lifecycle IV&V during the DDI stages of the project, which could extend for the next four years.

“SLI is thrilled to have been selected as the IV&V provider for the UIM project,” said Steve Esposito, Vice President for SLI’s Government Solutions practice. “A consortium approach to system development offers an opportunity for states and the federal government to save tens of millions of dollars now and even more in the maintenance and operations phase which can last up to 20 years.” “Consortiums bring their own set of risks that must be closely monitored over the life of the projects,” Steve continued. “These include unique and sometimes conflicting procurement regulations among the member states. Project Management of the VMW effort must deal with multiple management structures across the Consortium. System design has to determine what processing is common to all member states and what functions are unique to a state and are outside the core, which require special coding and testing. SLI’s standards-based quality management approach to independent assessment and our deep understanding of the UI program enables our team to meet the Consortium’s aggressive timeframes for this initial snapshot.”

About SLI Global Solutions: SLI is a nationally recognized partner with State and Local Government agencies, providing Project Management Oversight, Independent Verification & Validation (IV&V), Quality Management (QM), and software testing services to the industry. An accredited software testing lab, SLI offers customers a proprietary ISO certified Quality Management methodology and framework, SQM3, which is derived from industry standards articulated by IEEE, PMBOK, ISO, SWEBOK, and COBIT.

To learn more about SLI Global Solutions’ Government Services, please click here.

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