Affiliated Computer Services Inc.

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    October 27, 2011

    Latest Red Light Camera Study Questions the System's Financial and Safety Perks

    This device may or may not catch you running a red light in Dallas. ​Let's talk (some more) about red light cameras, the subject of a report released today by the Texas Public Interest Research Group (TexPIRG), a watchdog organization that researches various subjects of public importance. Th ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010

    Willis Johnson's Latest Piece of the Action

    Sam MertenWe're trying to imagine how the conversation between Willis Johnson (right) and Ryan Evans (left) went as Johnson, one of the mayor's close advisers, lobbied Evans on behalf of his wife's company. ​Thanks to Mayor Tom Leppert's push for a lobbyist registration ordinance, we're now pr ... More >>

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    April 29, 2010
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    March 2, 2009

    Southwest Airlines Ties FedEx as Seventh Most-Admired Company in ... the World!

    Fortune just posted its list of the World's Most Admired Companies -- at least, admired by the other bidness folks surveyed by the magazine. Five Dallas-based companies made the list of 363, and they are, in alphabetical order: AT&T, Brinker International, Centex, Southwest Airlines and Texas In ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008

    Judge Still Doesn't Like Those Red-Light Cams, But Nothing's Final Yet

    Yesterday, shortly after State District Judge Craig Smith reaffirmed his earlier ruling that Affiliated Computer Services's red-light cameras violate a state law requiring an investigations license, I e-mailed Kevin Lightfoot, ACS's veep of corporate communications, for a comment. This is what he sa ... More >>

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    December 3, 2008

    City of Dallas on Red-Light Camera Ruling: Doesn't Affect Us, No Way.

    First thing yesterday we noted 192nd Civil District Court Judge Craig Smith's ruling in the red-light camera case in which a plaintiff claimed Affiliated Computer Services doesn't have the legal right to act as a law-enforcement agency. This morning, we received a statement from Frank Librio, spokes ... More >>

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    December 3, 2008

    No Stopping the Stop-Light Cams? That's ACS's Official Position.

    One more follow-up to the red-light camera ruling: Moments ago, Kevin Lightfoot, vice president of corporate communications for Affiliated Computer Services, shot us his company's statement concerning 192nd Civil District Court Judge Craig Smith's order of November 19. Lightfoot also provides an upd ... More >>

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    December 2, 2008

    So, Those ACS Red-Light Cameras Aren't Legal? Wait Just a Minute.

    An interesting case to keep an eye on this a.m. in 192nd Civil District Court Judge Craig Smith's courtroom: Amanda Ward v. ACS State and Local Solutions Inc., in which a local attorney has taken Affiliated Computer Services to court for mailing to the house a traffic ticket the attorney says is no ... More >>

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    February 12, 2008

    The Amazing Grace of Affiliated Computer Services' CEO Lynn Blodgett

    Then-Mayor Laura Miller and ACS CEO Lynn Blodgett, holding one of his photographs of the homeless Lynn Blodgett's name usually shows up in print when something goes wrong with Dallas-based Affiliated Computer Services (backdated stock options and the chairman's failed buyout attempts) or when someth ... More >>

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    November 16, 2007

    Now Only Has 10 Offices Around the World

    Found this today on the Web site for's Irving offices on N. Belt Line Road: "There’s a little saying in Texas: If you can’t think big, you’d better think of moving." It's doubtful that the employees there -- charged with handling such clients as Dallas-based Affiliated Computer Serv ... More >>

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    November 1, 2007
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    May 14, 2007

    ACS to Let Georgians Know Their Rights After Betraying Their Trust

    Last month, Dallas-based Affiliated Computer Services lost a computer disc containing confidential information about 2.9 million Georgians. And, by last Friday, it still hadn't been found, said the commissioner of Georgia's Department of Community Health. But it's not like the disc contains terribly ... More >>

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    April 23, 2007
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    April 17, 2007

    Dallas: Home to the Fortune 11

    Fifty-six of the companies listed on the new Fortune 500 list are Texas-based -- and 11 are based in Dallas proper, with Centex being the highest ranked at No. 153 and our old friend Affiliated Computer Services bringing up the rear at 424. Just missing the list was Brinker International, at No. 502 ... More >>

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    March 27, 2007

    ACS: Whatever Suits Ya

    Helluva last few days for Affiliated Computer Services: First came the news that ACS' chairman Darwin Deason is offering $59.25 per share for all outstanding ACS shares in order to take his company private. Wow -- wonder why he wants to do that? Oh, yeah: that whole backdating stock-option scandal, ... More >>

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    January 11, 2007

    Indiana Has a Pain in the ACS

    The state o' Indiana has opted to privatize parts of the its food stamp, Medicaid and welfare programs. Mitch Roob, secretary of the Family and Social Services Administration, put the deal in place: $1.16 billion will be paid over 10 years to outside vendors who will handle jobs previously handled b ... More >>

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    January 10, 2007

    Backdating and Backtracking at ACS

    From a press release just sent out: Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (NYSE: ACS - News), a premier provider of business process outsourcing and information technology solutions, announced today that it will host the inaugural meeting of the Dallas Area Chapter of the International Association o ... More >>

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    January 2, 2007

    Darwin's ACS in a Sling. Or Not.

    It's a new year, but the same ol' news stories still keep cropping up -- and this one isn't going away any time soon. For months, we've written here about the backdated stock-option scandal at Dallas-based Affiliated Computer Services, most recently about the firings -- pardon, the resignations -- o ... More >>

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    November 30, 2006

    Red light, Green light

    Things get gray when it comes to green

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    November 28, 2006

    Stock It To Ya!

    Mark King: He's out. In July. Till then, it's $53,000 a month for him. Merry Christmas. In all those stories written yesterday and today about the, ahem, resignations of Affiliated Computer Services CEO Mark King and CFO Warren Edwards in the wake of the back-dating stock option scandal, one thing' ... More >>

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    November 27, 2006

    ACS Loses CEO and CFO. Wuh-O.

    You know how much we're fascinated by the whole Afflilated Computer Services Inc. stock-option manipulating scandal; it's been all over Unfair Park in recent months. Well, if you read the Wall Street Journal this morning, you know it just got a little better: "The options-backdating scandal cla ... More >>

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    October 13, 2006

    Got Half a Billion ACS Can Borrow? Like, Now?

    It's only a Friday, but it feels like Christmas morning. First the movie version of Dallas takes a header, now comes word that Affiliated Computer Services Inc.'s lendor wants its money back--pronto. How much? Maybe as much as $500 million. According to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commi ... More >>

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    September 28, 2006

    Hey, It's Not My Default!

    Yesterday, we reported that Dallas-based Affiliated Computer Services, Inc.--ya know, the embattled company with the red-light camera contract with the city and the duel federal investigations into its issuing of stock options--was suing its bank in federal court here. ACS isn't really angry with Th ... More >>

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    September 27, 2006

    Whose Default Is It, Anyway?

    Almost two weeks ago, Dallas-based Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. got the contract with the city of Dallas to provide some red-light cameras; the deal's worth $13.29 million bucks over five years. On the same day the announcement was made, ACS also announced it would not be able to file on time ... More >>

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    September 14, 2006

    Red Light District

    City council agreed to give ACS $13 million to install and operate red-light cameras. ACS--ya know, the company being investigated by the feds. Kinda like City Hall, come to think of it. Saw this morning that the city council yesterday OK'd a deal to give Affiliated Computer Services $13.29 million ... More >>

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    August 11, 2006

    Conflicts of Interest Are, Ya Know, Interesting

    This morning, The Wall Street Journal has a story about the stock-option scandal that's hounding technology-outsourcing Affiliated Computer Services Inc., a subject about which we've written a few times. ACS is mentioned at length as part of a larger pattern of conflict-of-interest issues arising as ... More >>

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    August 9, 2006

    You Can Ring My Bell

    For whatever reason, I wrote this thinking it might be somehow interesting, then regretted it immediately. But because there's no way I am wasting the time I put into it, I am posting this anyway, on the off chance one person might have some interest in a press release that tomorrow will wind up as ... More >>

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    August 7, 2006
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    August 1, 2006
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    July 17, 2006
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    May 26, 2006

    Schwarzenegger: I'll Be Greenback

    Looks like California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger did OK during his recent fundraising swing through Texas: He took home some $300,000 in campaign donations, says today's San Francisco Chronicle, including $22,300 from Affiliated Computer Services, the Dallas company with a $10 million financial ... More >>

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    April 3, 1997

    Feeling the Burn

    Unpaid Taxes, missing money, and a bitter business divorce threaten the empire of fitness guru Larry North