Software company wants $14.3 million in state contract fight

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A software company is trying to persuade the state Claims Board to hand over $14.3 million for work building a new system tracking retirement benefits.

The Department of Employee Trust Funds entered into a $27.1 million contract with Vitech Systems Group, Inc., in 2014. The company claims the agency owes it $14.3 million for work to make changes the agency wanted after the contract was finalized.

ETF officials counter they paid Vitech $14.3 million between 2014 and 2018 for a system that's only 7 percent functional. They say Vitech wanted more pay for work performed outside the scope of the contract and walked off the job in March 2018.

Vitech attorney Aaron Aizenberg told the board Monday that the problem was ETF couldn't commit to its own design conditions.