Last month, state officials fired SAP Public Services, the contractor working on a troubled, $373-million upgrade of the payroll system for public employees. Now they will look for a new contractor to review what went wrong and determine if any of the work can be saved.
It's a process that could take more than a year, further delaying an already overdue project. A spokesman for the state controller, which is overseeing the upgrade, said an independent assessment is necessary.
"The results will not only identify design flaws and what is salvageable, but also tell us if the SAP platform will work and what are the most viable, cost-efficient options for delivering a payroll system that can meet the state’s business needs," said the spokesman, Jacob Roper.
State lawmakers also plan to hold a hearing to review problems with the project.
The Legislative Analyst's Office released a report Wednesday saying that the plan to unify and upgrade the state's divergent and outdated payroll systems may not be feasible.