The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

March 7, 2011
Tech blogger suggests $5 billion in state IT cuts

With last Friday's deadline pushed back for Gov. Jerry Brown to announce two lists of suggested government spending cuts, TechLeader TV blogger and broadcaster John Thomas Flynn has his own list of information technology cuts. Together, he says, they amount to about $5 billion in savings:

  • Eliminate $1.8 billion Financial Information System for California (FI$Cal) Project
  • Terminate California Court Case Management System (CCMS) immediately - Savings: $1.5 billion
  • Intensify fraud and waste investigations of Medi-cal and other state benefit and revenue programs - Savings: $1.5 billion
  • Re-examine IT scope, schedules, and procurement strategy, even canceling several non-performing projects could easily shave 10-20%. Savings: $500 million+.

Click here for Flynn's analysis on the TechLeader.TV blog.

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