Beginning in 1996, the individuals that would become today’s senior staff at AGS had the opportunity of working with the US Department of Labor (DOL) and the State of Iowa on a new initiative (then called “Project GEORGE”) to support the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, or “WIA”, as it is commonly referred to in the workforce industry. To prepare for the implementation of such a far-reaching legislative act with extensive information management implications, the USDOL formed a consortium of states, led by the State of Iowa, to develop the nation’s first statewide “One Stop Operating System”, or “OSOS”.
IBM Global Services, working in conjunction with the original team of consulting system architects who designed the Iowa system, then implemented this successful USDOL funded system in six other states around the country during the next two years. As powerful as the "one-stop" approach to integrated case management proved to be, the highly custom nature of this first project and the original client-server architecture made the code impractical for mass, rapid, and inexpensive deployments. In order to support the ever-changing and unique needs of counties, cities, local workforce boards, and nonprofits with an affordable, fast, and low-risk implementation, and to provide a "commercialized" system, a new and different architecture and deployment model was required.
With this experience in hand, in 1999, AGS was formed by a private investment group composed of software, consulting, and manufacturing company executives from around the country, and began the development of its flagship product, G*STARS (Government Services Tracking And Reporting Systems). Version 1 was deployed in May of 2000.
In 2001, AGS pioneered web-based Self-Service Tracking with swipe card technology for workforce One Stop Centers nationwide. Today, AGS Data Systems continues to offer new technology options to organizations looking for more efficient ways to help customers achieve education, training, jobs, and other outcomes.