Michigan state audit reveals millions wasted

Source: Rod Meloni, Local 4, September 15, 2015

For more than a decade, the Michigan Secretary of State’s office tried and failed at upgrading its driver’s license, vehicle and voter registration computer system. According to a 3-year-old audit report done by the Auditor General’s office, the project started in September 2003 at an estimated cost of $50 million. The audit found that nine years after the Business Application Modernization (BAM) Project started it still needed improved oversight. … The contract was improperly bid. The report says the original contractor, EDS, which was eventually bought out by Hewlett-Packard, assisted in designing the bid process which it eventually won. Then, to top it all off, workers delivered misleading and inaccurate reports about BAM problems to the legislature. … The audit found a former Department of State senior executive overrode internal controls by approving eight payments totaling $4.5 million, that the BAM project manager disapproved. Later, the audit found four more similar payments totaling nearly $2 million.

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