State IT Project Lauded

Oct 25, 2013

Legislative auditors say a new computer system to help determine whether New Mexicans qualify for public assistance programs such as Medicaid and food stamps is being lauded as a model for state government because it is on time and on budget.

A report issued Friday on the largest IT project in state history says the so-called ASPEN network being developed for the Department of Human Services will cost a total of $115 million and should be complete next year.

Auditors lauded management of the project and said it should be used a model for other large IT projects at state agencies.

The computer network replaces an aging system for determining applicants' eligibility for public assistance programs. And it will enable people to apply online.

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