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6 December 2015 at 1:20:34 PM
Texas Tribune has an article regarding the Texas AG's office, in 2009, overhauling the child support system and, years later, still not done and way over budget. The feds have stepped in.
By 2012, agency officials realized that the project's costs were far higher than expected, and concerns were growing about Accenture's handling of its share of the work. By this summer, the project's price tag had grown by more than $70 million. The current estimate for the project is $310 million, more than $100 million above the initial $202 million budget, according to the attorney general's office.
Concerns about the project's "runaway development costs, overly complex systems, increased maintenance costs and significant delays" prompted the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Child Support Enforcement to place a "funding freeze" on its share of Accenture's costs until more information is available, according to a letter from Mara Friesen, deputy attorney general for child support, to Texas Legislative Budget Board Director Ursula Parks. Friesen added that the federal government wouldn't restart funding until it received a detailed schedule "outlining tasks and resources necessary to complete the project" and a "Corrective Action Plan" outlining the causes of the repeated delays and the plans to fix them.
Did NO ONE remember the previous disaster with privatizing social services? Incidentally, reminder that Accenture is what Arthur Anderson renamed itself after the Enron con. AND, who was the attorney general in 2009? Greg Abbott.
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