"This fall, I started working with a small, cross-agency team at the California state capital in Sacramento to see how practical and realistic it would be to move from a traditional, large, and typically risky RFP for an entire system to a set of smaller RFPs, explicitly requiring user-centered, agile, iterative development. With this would come a fundamental change: from procuring or buying a set solution to building California’s ability to understand, direct, and control the critical technology needed for government to do its job well....
"But why would a Child Welfare System in particular be a good choice for this new approach? Child welfare services personnel in California investigate nearly half a million reports of severe maltreatment and life-threatening neglect to children a year. Of those half a million, around 80,000 reports are confirmed annually, 30,000 children must be removed from their homes, and at any time almost 100,000 children are living in foster care for their protection or live with their parents under close county protective supervision. The Child Welfare System was the perfect choice for a new approach because it’s too important to fail."
If anyone happens to travel to Nassau, the Bahamas, I thought I'd pass on a travel tip. They insist that you get to the airport 3 hours before your flight, and that turns out to be completely unnecessary. I tried to target 90 minutes, just to be safe, but the event organizers for the event I was at hustled me out to get there about two hours before the flight.
It took me no more than ten minutes to get through the entire process - security AND US Customs, so I ended up at the gate for the better part of two hours.
Your mileage may vary - I have global entry, but even without that, there was no line. However, I was told at the airport that it was particularly light, and that if you have to check baggage or check in at the airport, the check in desks close an hour before the flight. But if you have a boarding pass, and aren't checking luggage, I'd bet an hour before the flight is easily sufficient.
I suppose that it is worth checking how many other flights are going out about the same time as yours. At my hotel, they listed all the flights, so it would be easy to see. I was traveling on the first flight out on a Saturday morning, and there may be other times that are much more crowded.
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