Cost Overruns for IT Projects Common in Orange County

The Voice of OC reports: “Seven years after Orange County first launched a task force to bring ‘cost savings’ and ‘transparency’ to its numerous computer contracts, supervisors and others remain frustrated with numerous no-bid contracts, cost overruns and inefficiencies that could be costing taxpayers millions in unnecessary expenses. … In the last three months alone, supervisors approved nine IT contract extensions and overruns – totaling $26 million – as well as four separate no-bid contracts, according to a Voice of OC review of staff reports and Board of Supervisors meeting minutes.”

The contract extensions included a $1.9 million increase for a tax assessment system, and an additional $1.1 million for Sheriff’s Department computer services.

Supervisor Janet Nguyen commented: “I have not seen an IT contract being reduced, in terms of cost. It has always increased.” (Source: Voice of OC, May 3.)

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