The problems, revealed during a legislative review of the department's budget request, surfaced on the same day that Secretary of State Gigi Dennis fired the same contractor — Accenture LLP — for its work on a $10.5 million voter-registration system.
On Wednesday, Dennis
after spending $10.5 million on the voter-registration computer system.
Secretary of State Gigi Dennis this week fired Accenture, the company that had a $10 million contract to build Colorado's database, after sinking $1.5 million into the effort.
December 7, 2005 — Colorado Secretary of State Gigi Dennis did the right thing by firing the contractor hired to create our state's centralized voter list.
is correct, and Accenture has "missed every deadline" since 2004, then the contractor should have been replaced earlier.
"They were OK, and they were good to work with," Colorado Secretary of State Gigi Dennis said.
"The project just didn't meet our expectations."
[EJF note: Good to work with?
bought dinner and drinks?
We also note that Gigi Dennis
is not technically qualified.]
"offered to deliver a product in November," Dennis
said, which her
office decided not to accept.
The cancellation means Colorado
will have to start over again on a computer contract awarded in 2004.
said there is a risk of federal penalties for failing to comply with the 2002 voting law.
noted that election officials in other states are calling Washington for extensions.
"There are 17 other states out there that will miss the January 1, 2006, deadline," Dennis
office plans to rewrite its request for a voter registration system in the next few weeks and seek new bids from vendors.
At this point, Dennis
does not know whether Colorado
can have that system in time for the 2006 elections.
If not, the state will have to rely on its existing voter records.
"The counties themselves have a good system in place," Dennis
[EJF note: Thankfully!
Secretary of State Gigi Dennis said her office is starting over and will search for a new contractor to build the $10 million statewide system.