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Computer Problems

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Colorado Center on Law and Policy filed the lawsuit in
Denver district court.

Its attorneys are presenting its case saying that the system should be taken down because it has so many technical glitches.

The state welfare department will offer its defense on Monday,
but an attorney for the agency says reverting to the old system
would take as long as seven days.

Assistant Attorney General Laurie Schoder says that would harm
welfare recipients even more.

The Colorado Benefits Management System went online on September
first, even though officials from all 64 counties asked Governor
Owens to delay it.

The 199 million dollar Colorado Benefits Management System
went online on September first, even though officials from all 64
counties asked Governor Owens to delay it.

Human services directors say thousands of poor people will go
hungry or lose their homes in the next few weeks if counties aren't
allowed to temporarily use the old system of generating benefits.

In Denver, 22-thousand people who care for their grandchildren
may not get their checks next month.

The counties have asked Owens to meet to discuss what they call
a crisis. His spokesman says the governor is studying the issue and
will respond by early next week.

The computer system was supposed to streamline the process
welfare recipients use to apply for benefits. But thousands of
computer records didn't transfer properly, and workers sometimes
need hours to enter information for a new case.


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