October 05, 2007 15:46 ET

CDP Announces WIC EBT Pilot Project

FRANKFORT, KY--(Marketwire - October 5, 2007) - CDP, Inc. announced today a 2-year partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture, the Kentucky WIC Program, and area retailers to develop an online, WIC EBT (Women, Infants & Children Electronic Benefits Transfer) System. The new system, known as the OWE System (Online WIC EBT), will replace the existing WIC paper food benefit process.

The project will focus on streamlining the WIC food instrument system for participants, retailers, and program staff through the use of modern, web-based technologies. Instead of paper benefit instruments, WIC participants will use magnetic swipe cards in the checkout lane to obtain food benefits. The system will improve in-lane flow at retail locations, provide better tracking of WIC benefit balances, and reduce paperwork for program staff. Additionally, the system will expedite end-of day, electronic reconciliation and enhance reporting capabilities for retailers and WIC program staff on both the state and national levels.

"The goal of this project is to develop an online, transferable system that can be easily adapted by other states and WIC authorities for the lowest possible cost," stated Stan Cochran, CEO, CDP, Inc. Cochran also noted that the project will be piloted at 29 retail locations in Barren and Warren Counties beginning in February 2009. Over 3,000 WIC participants will be involved in the pilot.

CDP is a provider of enterprise health systems to federal, state and local health organizations. Founded in 1963 in LaGrange, Illinois, CDP has been involved in environmental health and patient-related services since 1981, designing, developing and implementing enterprise health systems.

For more information on the Kentucky OWE System pilot project, contact Wayne Smith, CDP, at 1-866-237-4814 or visit

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