NC auditor: Better estimates needed on IT projects

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Associated Press

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 4:06 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A state audit says North Carolina government does a poor job estimating what the actual costs of an information technology project will be and how long it'll take to complete the job.

The performance audit released Monday is the latest in a series of reports from State Auditor Beth Wood highlighting shortcomings in how state government builds or manages computer projects.

Auditors say a review of 84 projects shows actual IT project costs are more than twice as much and take more than a year longer to complete than the state agencies originally estimated. Auditors recommended changes to set more realistic goals and make state officials more accountable to meet schedules.

There were 128 ongoing projects with a combined $1.7 billion budget as of last month.

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