Despite a slight procedural speed bump, lawmakers signed off on giving $821,000 to the Department of Human Resources to upgrade the state's jobs website.
Funding for the Examination and Certification Online System overhaul was included in Assembly Bill 110, the main budget bill, with the provision that the department make quarterly progress reports to the Legislature.
The department plans to absorb most of the $10 million project's cost by using in-house tech staff who will finish the work by mid-2017. Some lawmakers expressed skepticism at a May budget subcommittee hearing and voted against funding the program because it would come in at twice the cost and two years later than its original $4.7 million estimate with completion by August 2015.
IMAGE: www.jobs.ca.gov. California Department of Human Resources/June 20, 2013