Wisconsin Prison Software System Misses Fourth Deadline

The first phase of a new $25 million computer system project to keep track of Wisconsin's 23,000 prisoners will miss its December 2007 deadline - the fourth such schedule slip since the project started in 2003. The project is now at least 18 months late in its first phase: it has three more stages to go. It was originally scheduled for completion in May of 2009, but it is more like sometime in 2011 before it will be finished, assuming the other three stages don't have problems.

The project is fixed price, so the state Department of Corrections claims it hasn't overspent their contracting budget. However, the Department of Corrections did admit it didn't know how much the total project will really cost, since it didn't include the cost of state workers in the project's budget.

If the project slips a fifth time, it may be time for the IT Mercy Rule.


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