- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 8, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Federal officials are warning Rhode Island they’ll cut off financial aid to its food assistance program for needy residents unless it corrects problems with its new operating system.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/2fBvwSV ) the U.S. Food and Nutrition Service notified the state human services department of the possible sanction in a sternly worded letter Tuesday.

Rhode Island is transitioning to a new, $364 million computer system for administering the public benefit.

But the system, part of a broader overhaul of the state’s human services program, has been mired in problems including delayed payments and long wait times.

The Food and Nutrition Service says the state risks having federal funding suspended or disallowed until it submits a corrective action plan and makes real progress accomplishing it.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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