Nebraska Revised Statute 43-4405
On or before December 1, 2012, the department, with assistance from other agencies as necessary, including the data coordinator for the State Foster Care Review Board or a successor entity to the powers and duties of the board, shall report in writing to the Legislature on a plan for the statewide automated child welfare information system described in section 43-4404. The report shall include a review of the design, development, implementation, and cost of the system. The report shall describe the requirements of the system and all available options and compare costs of the options. The report shall include, but not be limited to, a review of the options for (1) system functionality, (2) the potential of the system's use of shared services in areas including, but not limited to, intake, rules, financial information, and reporting, (3) integration, (4) maintenance costs, (5) application architecture to enable flexibility and scalability, (6) deployment costs, (7) licensing fees, (8) training requirements, and (9) operational costs and support needs. The report shall compare the costs and benefits of a custom-built system and a commercial off-the-shelf system, the total cost of ownership, including both direct and indirect costs, and the costs of any other options considered. In conjunction with the report, the department shall prepare the advance planning document required to qualify for federal funding for the statewide automated child welfare information system pursuant to 45 C.F.R. 1355.50 through 1355.57, implementing section 474(a)(3)(C) and (D) of Title IV-E of the federal Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 674(a)(3)(C) and (D), as such regulations and section existed on January 1, 2012. The advance planning document shall describe the proposed plan for managing the design, development, and operations of a statewide automated child welfare information system that meets such federal requirements and the state's needs in an efficient, comprehensive, and cost-effective manner.