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Saturday, June 22, 2024

Audit reveals excessive state spending on IT initiatives

Nearly $400,000 in excessive funding was spent on state administrative operations according to an audit released by the Legislative Audit Bureau.

The audit had ""mixed results"" according to a statement from state Rep. Samantha Kerkman, R-Powers Lake, a member of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee.

The Department of Administration spent a total of $113.5 million on IT consolidation projects between 2005 and 2009, with $86 million spent since 2006. The statement said these costs far exceed the estimates originally outlined.

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""These results are alarming, especially at a time when we're confronted with massive layoffs, high unemployment, and record budget deficits. Once again, the government has been found guilty of wasting taxpayers' money,"" Kerkman said in a statement.

The audit revealed that almost all of the IT consolidation projects have yet to be completed. Kerkman said she hopes to ""reign in runaway spending"" and will discuss the audit during the fall session with the Committee.


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