APNewsBreak: Oregon to review another IT project

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — More than five months after Oregon's health insurance exchange failed to go live, concern is mounting for another state IT project that was built in conjunction with the exchange, using the same technology.

Officials say they're about to launch a formal review of the so-called modernization program, a multimillion-dollar Department of Human Services project to improve online access to public benefits.

The exchange was once part of the modernization program. Both were designed by technology contractor Oracle Corp. with the same software and hardware. Cover Oregon eventually split off and became its own portal.

The state has since blamed Oracle for Cover Oregon's fiasco, including critical issues with website coding.

The DHS project was never fully tested. It was put on hold last fall, its resources shifted to the exchange.

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