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When government software goes wrong

If I ever decide to do a little moonlighting, I know exactly what line of work to pursue. I'm going to hook up with some tech people and sell multimillion-dollar software programs to public agencies.

Judging by the news, you just can't go wrong with an enterprise like that.

The Los Angeles Unified School District is still trying to work out the kinks in a $20-million student tracking system that marred the start of the current school year for countless teachers, students and parents, and this comes several years after a disastrous $112-million system flunked the test.

The Los Angeles Police Department spent tens of millions of dollars on an automated training and...

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