A Wisconsin lawmaker wants to keep state computer projects running smoothly.
Several of the state's recent computer-related contracts have experienced massive delays or come back way over-budget. State Representative Phil Montgomery (R-Green Bay) wants to keep future projects from failing. He says the $177 million loss to taxpayers over the past few years is just not acceptable.
Montgomery is the co-chair of a new Joint Committee on Information Technology in the Legislature. He says the panel is designed to provide more oversight of the process going into IT projects.
The Green Bay Republican says his main focus is on making the agencies involved in IT projects responsible for mistakes that delay them or increase the costs. He says accountability needs to be a part of the process, so there's more of a sense of state ownership for these projects.