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Audit finds major cost increases, delays in state computer project
Audit finds major cost increases, delays in state computer project

Poor planning and oversight of a computer system by the state Department of Consumer Affairs led to significant delays and cost increases, according to a state audit released Thursday. The agency’s BreEZe information technology system, aimed at supporting 37 regulatory entities in the agency, increased in cost from $28 million in 2009 to $96 million as of January and helps only half of the entities originally planned, the audit said. “Although doing so is critical to the successful development of IT systems, Consumer Affairs failed to adequately plan, staff, and manage the project for developing BreEZe,” State Auditor Elaine Howle wrote in a cover letter to Gov. Jerry...

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