Welfare Computer Problems

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It could be a few weeks before the computer problems that are holding up people's food stamps and other aid are fixed. That's the word from state and federal officials.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has criticized the state for not clearing the backlog of benefits in a timely manner. The state Department of Human Services has appealed the findings of a federal report that demanded improvements.

Officials say they've made progress fixing the glitches in the new $200 million computer system.

They may have to defend the new system in court. The Colordo Center on Law and Policy is suing the state over the backlog in benefits and a hearing is scheduled Monday in Denver District Court.