By Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - An audit finds that a new computer system led the Oregon Department of Human Services to overcharge the federal government by nearly $24 million for child welfare services.

The audit was released on Thursday by Secretary of State Kate Brown.

The OR-Kids computer system was launched in 2011 to manage foster care, adoption, guardianship and other services, replacing old computer systems and paper files.

Auditors found that the software caused the state to take more money from the federal government than it was entitled to. The software also caused inaccurate accounting of state money.

The federal money has been refunded.

The agency says the computer system is helping caseworkers do their jobs. Officials are using a workaround to ensure the federal government is not overcharged.

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