UPDATE: Walker administration says $138m computer project on track

Madison Wisconsin - Capitol Building

UPDATED Tuesday, June 16, 2015---1:44 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Officials in Gov. Scott Walker's administration are assuring legislators that a $138 million computer project is on track.

The state Department of Administration has been working since 2012 to implement the State Transforming Resources project, or STAR, a single cohesive computer system for state agencies to handle finances, payroll and procurement.

Scott Thornton is the leader of DOA's STAR finance team. He told the Legislature's Joint Committee on Information Policy and Technology during a briefing Tuesday that STAR will replace more than 140 individual systems across state agencies, some of which were built in the 1980s. Thornton told the committee STAR is now operational and remains within its budget.

Dawn McCauley, the STAR project manager, said the state has spent $81.7 million on the system so far.

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Posted Tuesday, June 16, 2015---8:16 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker's administration is set to brief lawmakers on efforts to implement a $138 million computer project.

Administration officials are expected to give the Joint Committee on Information Policy and Technology a briefing Tuesday on the State Transforming Resources project, or STAR.

Gov. Jim Doyle's administration began the project in late 2004 to create a cohesive statewide data system. Doyle gave up on it four years later as savings estimates dwindled. Walker restarted the program in 2012.

Department of Administration Secretary Scott Neitzel says the project is still within its budget and the first of three implementation phases is expected to begin July 1.

Copyright 2015: Associated Press