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STATE OF CONNECTICUT

NANCY WYMAN
COMPTROLLER

OFFICE OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER
55 ELM STREET
HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT 06106-1775

MARK OJAKIAN
DEPUTY COMPTROLLER
WYMAN ANNOUNCES MAJOR OVERHAUL OF STATE'S COMPUTER SYSTEM
Comptroller Says Project Will Revolutionize How Connecticut Does Business
Contact: Steve Jensen
860-702-3308/3301

State Comptroller Nancy Wyman today unveiled a plan to upgrade the state's antiquated computer systems to better serve government and Connecticut's citizens.

Wyman said the project will not only overhaul the state's computer software and hardware, but will enable the state to greatly improve the way government communicates with itself and with the public.

"We will be replacing the complicated maze we have now with a simple, integrated system that will deliver services in a more effective and efficient manner," Wyman said at a news conference held at the state Legislative Office Building. "With this project, we will be doing nothing less than revolutionizing the way Connecticut does business."

The upgrade - estimated to cost between $60 million and $75 million over the three-year implementation period - will affect every agency in the state. It will revamp virtually every state business function, including accounting, accounts payable and receivable, purchasing, payroll, time and attendance and personnel.

Wyman said the new system will allow the state for the first time to track every tax dollar that is spent, and to determine if that dollar is being spent in the most efficient way possible. It will allow managers and policymakers to determine which programs are working and which are not, and where targeted spending cuts should be made.

The new system also will greatly improve the state's ability to answer questions from citizens about government functions and availability of services across agency lines.

For businesses, the new systems also will allow vendors to do business with the state right from a desktop computer, and will enable the state to pay vendors faster.

"This project will forever change the way government communicates with itself and with its citizens," Wyman said. "When this program is in place, Connecticut's business practices will drive its technology, instead of the other way around."

Core Systems Upgrade Fact Sheet

The State Comptroller appreciates input on this and other issues from residents of the state. Please feel free to contact her office by phone - (860) 702-3300; mail - OSC, 55 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106; or, via E-mail - osc.opinions@po.state.ct.us

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For Immediate Release
Date: February 3, 2000

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