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State IT Projects to Get Extra Scrutiny

New review panel will watch for cost overruns, cross-agency issues

(INDIANAPOLIS) - The state's adding extra precautions to make sure you get your money's worth when state agencies make big computer software or hardware changes.

State budget director Micah Vincent and chief information officer Dewand Neely will lead the way in assembling a review team assigned to check in periodically on state tech projects. The goal is to have an outside set of eyes to catch potential problems, from cost overruns to security holes.

Vincent says hardware and software projects face a lot of the same pitfalls no matter who's doing them. But he says the review panel ordered by Governor Holcomb will assess the effect across different agencies, and make sure planners don't lose sight of what the project's supposed to accomplish.

The reviews are expected to begin next year.

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