After seeing a technology project fall $60 million over budget and 42 months behind, state Labor and Industry Secretary Julia Hearthway has decided it’s time to pull the plug on a contract to modernize the state’s unemployment compensation computer system.
This decision announced at a news conference on Wednesday followed a $800,000 study by Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute that found the problems with the IBM Corp.-developed system to be unsolvable.
Spending any more money on trying to make the system, originally slated to cost $106.9 million, would have been a waste, Hearthway said.
The state now estimates the cost of the project has grown to $170 million but some payments have been withheld, a department official said.
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