ERP update halted

Comptroller stops payments for Illinois ERP upgrade

Illinois’s plan to upgrade its legacy enterprise resource planning system hit a wall on March 13 when the state comptroller suspended $27 million in payments to consultants and IT vendors.

The new $250 million statewide ERP system aimed to transform finance, human resource and other administrative systems through the adoption of a single IT platform.

Comptroller Susana Mendoza halted the payments as the state faces a record $12.3 billion backlog of unpaid bills that has tripled in the nearly two years the state has gone without a full operating budget, according to a Reuters report.

In a letter to Gov.  Bruce Rauner’s administration, Mendoza's office said stopping the payments is warranted because of uncertainty over how the program will produce long-term savings for the state.

Rauner's office contends that suspending payments to IT contractors would damage the statewide  upgrade.

"If Comptroller Mendoza disrupts the ERP implementation process, she will put our state, residents and sensitive data at risk by forcing us to function under the current outdated systems," Rauner's spokeswoman Catherine Kelly said in a statement to Reuters.

Kelly told Reuters the state continues to expect the upgrade to cost $250 million, and that vendors have billed $63 million over the past three fiscal years.  The state has paid $12.6 million to date, she said.

About the Author

Susan Miller is executive editor at GCN.

Over a career spent in tech media, Miller has worked in editorial, print production and online, starting on the copy desk at IDG’s ComputerWorld, moving to print production for Federal Computer Week and later helping launch websites and email newsletter delivery for FCW. After a turn at Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology, where she worked to promote technology-based economic development, she rejoined what was to become 1105 Media in 2004, eventually managing content and production for all the company's government-focused websites. Miller shifted back to editorial in 2012, when she began working with GCN.

Miller has a BA from West Chester University and an MA in English from the University of Delaware.

Connect with Susan at smiller@gcn.com or @sjaymiller.

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