The California Department of Human Resources figures it will take about $10 million over four years to make the jobs.ca.gov portal more user-friendly. It would absorb a little more than 80 percent of that cost, but Brown's 2013-14 budget proposal includes $821,000 in supplemental funding. (Click here for a recent State Worker column about the project.)
The three-member Budget Subcommittee No. 5 gave the funding a thumbs down this morning. Chairwoman Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, noted that an earlier estimate of the project figured it would cost half as much and that the state's high-tech history is pockmarked with failure.
Her comments echoed a subcommittee staff report:
However, given the developments in the past 12 months, it appears that the ECOS project is yet another example of a project that was initially under-scoped and under-resourced and now requires a substantial mid-course correction.
"I can't vote for this today," Hancock said, and suggested that CalHR come back with a more detailed plan in January.
Sens. Curren Price, D-Los Angeles, and Joel Anderson, R-Alpine, also voted against the expenditure.
The subcommittee vote doesn't kill the project's funding, but it sends a signal that CalHR faces a significant political obstacle to getting the money.
PHOTO CREDIT: Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, during session in the Senate chambers in Sacramento on Monday, March 11, 2013. Hector Amezcua / Sacramento Bee