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Colorado: State Feeling Hijacked Over Computer Update PDF  | Print |  Email
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By April M. Washington, Rocky Mountain News   
December 08, 2005
Firm seeks another $20 million to finish job; deal in jeopardy

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The Colorado Department of Labor accused technology giant Accenture on Tuesday of trying to hijack the state for nearly $20 million more to complete an update of one of its computer systems.

Rick Grice, the agency's executive director, threatened to pull the plug on the deal, worth $40.8 million, if the New York-based company and the state cannot come to terms by end of the month to salvage the project.

"Obviously, this is unacceptable," Grice said. "Accenture is in breach of contract. We're involved in intense negotiations over the next two weeks. My sense is if we don't get anything acceptable, than we are done."

The state may have little choice but to work overtime to salvage the deal. Accenture has already been paid $35.7 million to update the system the Labor Department uses to track unemployment benefits, officials said during a briefing to the Joint Budget Committee.
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Wisconsin: Colorado Drops Accenture; Problems Here Remain PDF  | Print |  Email
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By Judith Davidoff, The Capital Times   
December 02, 2005
This article appeared in The Capitol Times. It is reposted here with permission of the author and publisher.

Glitches Plague Voter Registration System

Another state has pulled the plug on its voter registration contract with Accenture LLP, the controversial firm that is also compiling a statewide voter registration system for Wisconsin. According to an Associated Press report this week, Colorado terminated its $10.5 million contract with the management and technology company, citing several problems, including difficulty signing up voters. Accenture spokesman James McAvoy, in turn, blamed Colorado officials for project delays. The state had already spent $1.5 million on the system. Earlier this year, Kansas also terminated its contract with Accenture.

Wisconsin Elections Board Executive Director Kevin Kennedy issued a news release Thursday noting that Wisconsin "is in a different situation and stage of development" than Colorado. But his news release indicated bugs still plague the system. "We are still working hard with Accenture to solve some software problems," Kennedy said. "At the same time, other challenges are telling us to slow down our deployment."
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By VTUSA   
November 08, 2005
Accenture eDemocracy Services
11951 Freedom Drive
Reston, VA 20190

www.accenture.com/government
516-248-7818
703-947-2200

Sales Contact: , International [44] 7984 696 357
Technical Contact: , Technology and Operations 516-248-7818

Description: Accenture eDemocracy Services delivers strategic planning, state-of-the-art e-voting applications, online consultations, creative voter engagement campaigns, election reform program management, voter registration and election management solutions, and voting system implementation services. Accenture eDemocracy works with government clients to use new information technologies to enhance citizen participation in the democratic process, and is a world-leader in the development and deployment of election modernization innovations that deliver voter convenience, confidence and choice.

Election Experience: Accenture eDemocracy Services operates on a global basis. In the United States, we are developing, delivering, and supporting statewide voter registration and election management solutions that help states meet the requirements of the Help America Vote ACT (HAVA); in the United Kingdom, we delivered the world's most advanced e-Voting Pilots for Local Authorities in the 2002/03 elections -- using Internet, public access kiosk, telephone and SMS text message voting channels; and in South Africa, we helped deliver an award-winning integrated IT solution empowering 22 million voters

Affiliates: Accenture eDemocracy Services, 105 Ladbroke Grove, London, W11 1PG, United Kingdom, Tel: (44) 0-207-616-8414
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