Governor Owens Appoints Task Force To Clean Up Welfare Computer Mess

On Friday, Governor Bill Owens appointed a director to help clean up the problems left in the wake of the state's new welfare computer system. The $200 million system that went online in September is being blamed for a backlog of nearly 30,000 cases, including more than 1,000 people in Mesa County, who get help through the Department of Human Services.

Dr. John Witwer is now responsible for the management, direction, planning, and operation of the system overseen by a task force that includes State Representative Bernie Buescher, (D) Grand Junction.

It will be the Witwer's responsibility to follow the guidelines made by a consulting company hired to look into the problems caused by the state's new welfare computer system.

State Representative Josh Penry, (R) Grand Junction, called Witwer's appointment to head–up the repair and reconstruction effort, "An excellent decision by the governor, and an enormous step in the right direction."

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