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Technology audit rips poor planning and oversight

Madison, Wis. - Problematic state information technology projects largely are the result of inadequate planning, a lack of oversight, and inadequate collaboration between the Department of Administration and executive branch agencies, according to a long-awaited report from the state Legislative Audit Bureau.

The audit report, which wa......

Full article >>> to adequately define a project's final functions. For example, the DWD failed to identify the functions that would be included in the state Unemployment Insurance Tax Enterprise System (SUITES), a project that is four years behind schedule and $18.7 million over budget.

Also among the failings cited in the report is the underestimating of project complexity. The report said a Department......

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Another recommendation for the DOA is to report on progress toward establishing planning standards for large, high-risk projects, enhancing project monitoring, and establishing policies for the use and monitoring of the state's master lease program to fund IT system costs.

"The DOA has to be the point agency on this," Cowles ......

Full article >>> d Meachen, associate vice president of learning and information technology for the UW System, has said the Lawson debacle was due in part to a lack of communication between an executive steering committee and the system's executive leadership. On large projects, he said the system now will engage executive leadership across the system, as well as a subset of the UW Board of Regents.


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