Labor Department Joins GSA’s AI Center of Excellence to Automate Procurement Tools

The Labor Department | February 13, 2020

The Labor Department is joining the General Services Administration’s Centers of Excellence program in a bid to modernize and automate the department’s procurement process. The Technology Transformation Service—the GSA program that houses the CoEs—announced Thursday that Labor would be partnering with the newest center, focused on spreading the use of artificial intelligence throughout government. “This newest CoE engagement will accelerate the modernization of DOL’s acquisition capabilities using robotic process automation expertise,” according to a release Thursday from TTS. “The Department of Labor is always looking for ways to integrate new technologies into our operations,” Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella said in the release. “By partnering with GSA, our department will modernize our procurement process to better serve the taxpayers.”

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The Colorado Judicial Department administers adult and juvenile probation in the state’s 22 judicial districts. This includes 23 probation departments with over 60 separate probation locations throughout the state. The Division of Probation Services develops and publishes guidelines and standards for regular probation supervision and all intensive probation programs. Within the limits of statute and these state standards, each district is free to develop and structure programs that address the needs of the local court and the community. In all districts, offenders are assessed for risk and need factors. Based on these assessments, those placed on regular probation are put on minimum, medium or maximum supervision. The number of adult offenders sentenced to state probation in FY 2015 was 35,136 and on June 30, 2015 there were 49,886 adult offenders on regular supervision. In FY 2015, 63 percent of adults completed regular state probation successfully. An additional 1,251 adult offenders were sentenced to an intensive program and 8,996 were sentenced to private probation supervision. In Fiscal Year 2015, 3,279 juveniles were sentenced to probation and on June 30, 2015 there were 3,769 juveniles on supervision. In FY 2015, 70 percent of these juveniles completed regular state probation successfully. An additional 172 juveniles were sentenced to Juvenile Intensive Supervision Probation (JISP) in FY2015.

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The Colorado Judicial Department administers adult and juvenile probation in the state’s 22 judicial districts. This includes 23 probation departments with over 60 separate probation locations throughout the state. The Division of Probation Services develops and publishes guidelines and standards for regular probation supervision and all intensive probation programs. Within the limits of statute and these state standards, each district is free to develop and structure programs that address the needs of the local court and the community. In all districts, offenders are assessed for risk and need factors. Based on these assessments, those placed on regular probation are put on minimum, medium or maximum supervision. The number of adult offenders sentenced to state probation in FY 2015 was 35,136 and on June 30, 2015 there were 49,886 adult offenders on regular supervision. In FY 2015, 63 percent of adults completed regular state probation successfully. An additional 1,251 adult offenders were sentenced to an intensive program and 8,996 were sentenced to private probation supervision. In Fiscal Year 2015, 3,279 juveniles were sentenced to probation and on June 30, 2015 there were 3,769 juveniles on supervision. In FY 2015, 70 percent of these juveniles completed regular state probation successfully. An additional 172 juveniles were sentenced to Juvenile Intensive Supervision Probation (JISP) in FY2015.

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