Elaine Howle

Audit blasts state agency over failed IT projects

The state’s dismal record on creating new computer systems, many of which come in over budget and past deadlines, is partly the fault of poor oversight by the California Department of Technology (CalTech), a state audit concluded Thursday.

The agency lacks guidance for stopping or fixing troubled projects and suffers a high turnover of staff that hinders its work, the report found.

State Auditor Elaine Howle recommended a stronger role for stepping in when projects go over budget or past deadlines.

“The State has a history of failed IT projects—between 1994 and 2013, for example, the State terminated or suspended seven IT projects after spending...