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State cites problems with police database under construction

Posted at 8:15 PM, Feb 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 20:15:59-05

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan officials ordered a private contractor to halt work on a multimillion-dollar state police database because it isn’t working, a newspaper reported.

The contractor, Information Builders, was told to stop by Feb. 10 due to the “inoperable data hub,” according to a letter by purchasing official Joe Ernst of the Department of Technology, Management and Budget.

Separately, the attorney general’s office disputed a $2.6 million invoice from Information Builders, the Detroit Free Press reported.

“The state will not pay license fees for software that is rendered effectively useless,” state attorney Suzanne Hassan said in a Feb. 3 letter.

The $12.2 million contract covers a database with criminal records, traffic crashes and other incidents.

A message seeking comment was left Thursday with New York-based Information Builders.

Two state police employees left government and landed jobs at Information Builders, including Capt. David Kelly, the Free Press reported. Police spokeswoman Shanon Banner said Kelly “has not been affiliated with the contract” since retiring.

Ernst said the stop-work order has exceptions for four software applications that are working.

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