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NewsNet 01-14-14

GOVERNOR BREWER ELIMINATES CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES (CPS) IN FAVOR OF NEW CABINET-LEVEL AGENCY FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer used an Executive Order to eliminate CPS and create the new Division of Child Safety and Family Services as part of her Cabinet. She announced her decision yesterday during her State of the State address to the Arizona Legislature,. Charles Flanagan, who is heading up a special team reviewing CPS operations, will lead the new agency. CPS, formerly part of the Department of Economic Security, has been under fire after reports emerged that it failed to investigate more than 6,500 complaints of child abuse and neglect. Read more from the Arizona Republic and Capitol Media Services via the Arizona Daily Star.

STREETCAR CELEBRATION TOMORROW AT UA - The Sun Link Modern Streetcar will be on display tomorrow at Main Gate Square at the University of Arizona. Take your picture with the streetcar, enjoy live music and take advantage of specials and promotions provided by area merchants along the streetcar route. The celebration, sponsored by Friends of the Tucson Streetcar and others, runs from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. The Downtown Tucson Partnership reports the American-made streetcar already has helped generate $800 million in public and private investment along the route, through downtown and the UA.

GOVERNMENTS SEEK TO AVOID TECHNOLOGY PROBLEMS - With well-publicized glitches in the federal government's new HealthCare.gov website last October, experts who follow how government acquires, develops and deploys computer-based services, were not surprised. Problems occurred when New York City watched the costs of its payroll modernization project grow from $63 million to $700 million before stopping the project. The State of Texas had a seven-year, $863 million outsourcing deal with IBM that was plagued by problems. One IT expert says it sounds obvious, but problems could be avoided when more assumptions are tested before launch, stakeholders are identified, and people on staff have the capability to manage work across departmental boundaries. Read more from Governing.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: TRANSIT ADMINISTRATOR - The Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) is seeking a highly-qualified individual to perform professional management, administrative, supervisory, and planning duties within the Public Transit Division. Responsibilities include management of Sun Tran (the City's fixed route service), Van Tran (the City's paratransit service) and grant sub-recipients. Applications are being accepted through Jan. 23, 2014. A list of qualifications is posted on the City of Tucson's website. View the job posting.