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Faulty State Websites Show Shortage of IT Specialists

While the nation’s attention was focused on the troubled rollout of the federal health care site under the Affordable Care Act, the problems with the unemployment sites have pointed to something much broader: How a lack of funding in many states and a shortage of information technology specialists in public service jobs routinely lead to higher costs, botched systems and infuriating technical problems that fall hardest on the poor, the jobless and the neediest.

 

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Politics
A Setback for Gay Marriage in Utah
The Real Battles in Battleground States
Liz Cheney Quits Senate Race
Texas' Kinky Friedman Wants to Run Again
Health & Human Services
How Healthcare.gov Sent Potential Users Into Medicaid Limbo
Infrastructure & Environment
Pennsylvania Governor Asks Drillers to Safeguard Water
Management & Labor
Faulty State Unemployment Websites Show Shortage of IT Specialists
Public Safety & Justice
Chicago's Gun Ordinance Ruled Unconstitutional
Keeping Guns from the Mentally Ill
Longtime L.A. County Sheriff Plans to Retire, Sources Say
Judge Allows Email Search Access for Arizona Immigration Law
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Clash of Priorities Sets Up Cuomo-de Blasio Showdown on Pre-K Push
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Why Some Schools Really Become Charters
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