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Friday, May 1, 2009

State DMV Fails At Computer Upgrade $2 Million Flushed On Project

State DMV Fails At Computer Upgrade
Friday, May 1st by David R. Frazier

The BOISE GUARDIAN has it on good authority the Idaho Transportation Department has spent about $2 million in a failed attempt to modernize its computer system.

A bill passed by the Idaho Senate Friday will allow for “user fees” to fund an upgrade to the motor vehicle licensing system. The GUARDIAN was told “holes in the system” were part of the reason more than $300,000 was allegedly embezzled at the Canyon County assessor’s office. IDT contracts with local county assessors to sell license plates.

At issue was a decision to pour at least $2 million into an “over the counter” info technology system. After many months of trying to make it work with an outfit called SABER as well as IBM, the plug was pulled by the ITD this week. They are back to square one and will use the additional fees to try again.

The BOISE GUARDIAN got this note from the IDT soon after the above was posted.
“I can’t say I understand the ethics or standards on posting information to blogs.
With journalists, they confirm information before it is published.

There is nothing correct about your post. It is filled with inaccuracies.

I request that you pull it.”

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