MIDLAND —The man who ran the state of Michigan’s Family Independence Agency (formerly the Department of Social Services) for six years now works for a Texas company that hopes to take over the administration of that state’s huge welfare program.

Gerald H. ("Jerry") Miller, recently took the position of senior vice president and managing director of welfare reform for Lockheed Martin IMS in Austin, Texas. In an exclusive article for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, released in February, Miller says that private firms can re-engineer welfare policies to save taxpayers significant administrative costs.

Michigan, where welfare caseloads have declined dramatically in recent years, is taking a "wait-and-see" attitude on the matter of privatizing welfare administration.