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Whitmer Says She’s 'Frustrated' Over Foster Care Computer Glitch

Mar 15, 2019

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A federal judge says a computer program that’s supposed to help ensure Michigan kids in foster care are safe is a failure.  Governor Whitmer says it will be fixed or replaced.


This problem has bedeviled two governors who preceded Whitmer – Democrat Jennifer Granholm and Republican Rick Snyder.  They both struggled to ensure the state knows where foster kids are living and that they’re not being abused.

The report says the system drastically undercounted children who were abused while they were supposed to be under state protection.  Whitmer says it’s a pattern her administration won’t repeat. 

“It’s horrifying.  This is one of the many IT problems we see across state government.”

Whitmer did share not which other tech problems are lingering for state government under her watch to deal with.

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