New Jersey selects consultancy for Covid-19 contact tracing

Public Consulting Group, a Boston-based public sector management consultancy, has been tapped to support New Jersey’s contact tracing programs.

As part of the contract, PCG will build and deploy a workforce of contact tracers to support local health departments, helping them quickly identify and alert people who may have come in contact with Covid-19. The state’s purchase order includes $20.7 million to pay 1,200 full-time contract tracers for three months, $1.5 million to pay 60 supervisors, and $540,000 for project management.

PCG will work with a team of three subcontractors to complete the project: staffing firms The Computer Merchant and Staffing Etc., as well as public affairs and communications firm Kivvit.

PCG will also work with New Jersey’s Community Contact Tracing Corps, which is currently being developed by Rutgers University. The university is hiring, training, and deploying up to 1,000 graduate students as contact tracers.

Though Rutgers will manage its contact tracers for now, it’s currently unclear how the PCG and Rutgers groups will work together.

New Jersey selects consultancy for Covid-19 contact tracing

The New Jersey deal is the latest contact tracing project for PCG, which is also supporting programs in Wisconsin, Arkansas, and New York. PCG’s contact tracing services combine its expertise in public health, project management, and human capital management.

“Public Consulting Group has always been guided by our mission to help our public sector partners deliver the best possible outcomes to the communities they serve,” said William Mosakowski, founder, president and CEO of PCG. “While this pandemic has caused unprecedented, widespread disruption, we remain committed to helping our government clients across the country rise to the challenges of COVID-19 and are proud to continue to deliver innovative solutions that matter, like our new contact tracing services.”

Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Boston, PCG helps public sector health, education, and human services organizations improve their performance and processes. The company has more than 2,500 employees across 60+ offices in the US, Canada, the UK, and Poland. PCG’s consultants work across a wide range of areas, from management consulting to Medicaid, special education, and technology.

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