The state of Iowa is looking for a private company to help integrate programs of the Iowa Department of Human Services and Department of Public Health, Bleeding Heartland reported. Gov. Kim Reynolds has indicated her intent to merge many operations of the departments, which serve a combined total of more than 1 million Iowans. According to a request for proposal issued Oct. 23, the state is seeking a contractor to assist the departments on objectives that include merging programs with shared goals “to improve delivery of services and most effectively leverage available funding sources.” The contractor will also be expected to help improve technology systems and data sharing across programs. Another task for the contractor will be to “Identify effective and appropriate workload distribution and methods for ongoing client management, including caseload management.” Letters of intent to bid are due on Nov. 9, and bids are due on Dec. 7. The state will select a winning bidder in late January, with plans to start project work in mid-February.