Raleigh, N.C. — A report out Monday from the State Auditor's Office says North Carolina information technology projects are costing the state more than budgeted and coming in later than scheduled.
The finding will surprise nobody who has paid attention to ongoing problems with the state's Medicaid computer system or to Gov. Pat McCrory's warning that the state's IT infrastructure is "broken."
Specifically, the report looked at 84 IT projects across state government and found "costs were more than twice (an additional $356.3 million) the original agency cost estimates and took about 65 percent (389 days) longer to complete than state agencies originally estimated."
The auditor's report found a number of contributing factors led to these problems, including no system for verifying that cost estimates were accurate to no consequences for those managing IT projects that come in late.
A response to the report signed by Chris Estes, the new head of IT for the McCrory administration, generally agreed with the findings and promised to fix the systemic problems that created the cost overruns. Estes writes that a statewide IT plan will be in place by Oct. 1, assuming the legislature provides enough funding.