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August 15, 2013
Hearing scheduled for failed California state payroll tech project

130815-john-chiang.jpgA Senate budget and fiscal review subcommittee will hear testimony about the failed 21st Century/MyCalPays project today after the upper chamber adjourns its floor session.

The hearing follows a scathing assessment by the Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes that State Controller John Chiang's office issued positive reports about the payroll overhaul effort while officials behind the scenes warned that the IT project was failing.

Chiang's office has disputed the report's conclusions and blames the demise of 10-year, quarter-billion-dollar, two-time bust on the project's contractor, global tech firm SAP.

Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, chairs the subcommittee. Click here for an agenda with attachments and a list of speakers. Chiang is not on the list.

The California Channel has tentatively scheduled its live broadcast of the hearing for 1 p.m. Click here to watch via the Internet.

Related links:
California payroll overhaul vexed by complexity, poor oversight
California Controller John Chiang's response to critical report

PHOTO: John Chiang, California state controller, meets with The Sacramento Bee's Capitol Bureau in downtown Sacramento on Wednesday, July 14, 2010. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua

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