A new state computer system will end up costing double the original estimate, and is coming in two years late. It's a system meant to handle Wisconsin's Medicaid program. Green Bay state Senator Rob Cowles wants better safeguards in place when I-T contracts are signed. "When there is a big overrun like this, you have to go after the vendor," said Cowles. "You can't just keep writing checks."
The Medicaid project is now two years late, and its $32 million price tag, has swelled to over $64 million. News of this latest I-T failure comes on the heels of a state settlement with Accenture. The firm that had been contracted to develop a voter registration system was plagued by cost overruns and delays.