UPDATE: Now that an editor at the Indy has updated the article to correct errors in the Independent's original reporting, (related to total city IT expenditures since 2011), The Ombudsman will adjust its comments accordingly... So instead of being $85 Million over 3 1/2 years, or $24.3 million annually (as originally reported) IT spending by the City of Colorado Springs is now $38 Million for 3 1/2 years, or $10.8 million annually. Really ? So everything is "OK Now" ? NOT. Blowing $10.8 million dollars a year on IT with no results is still reckless, and doing it with a revolving door HR management style, (The department has had four CIOs since 2011) seems like a "shoot from the hip" approach to city government.
And when you do the research on Hogan Lovells (The "Law Firm" that the mayor uses to run the city apparently), their local Colorado Springs office has 6 people... 3 Partners, 2 Associates and 1 Council. When you look at their background and experience... their Partners have experience in contract disputes, construction, business torts, real estate, and banking, civil litigation and litigation avoidance experience in construction/surety, real estate, health care, environmental/toxic tort, and general business and commercial matters, with specific expertise in restrictive and protective real property covenant matters, transactional aspects of bankruptcy law and environmental regulations related to real property. Their 2 Associates do nothing but commercial and construction litigation, and their sole "Council" staffer or "tech guy" is an ex IP patent counsel at Ramtron International Corporation... TRANSLATION: NO IT EXPERIENCE AT ALL. And according to the Indy report above as of July 7, the city had paid the firm $2,735,234 since 2011, including $751,298 so far this year, records show.
And now the Mayor wanted $2M more for IT ? Seems like we should have Hogan Lovells pay back the $2M they were paid for "services" from 2011-2013 as it seems we are not getting a very good ROI on our IT money spent. Where is the "work product" from Hogan Lovells ? What is their assessment of our IT department ? What recommendations have they made ? Or is the mayor hiding behind Attorney Client Privilage ? Looks like the Ombusman is going to have to file a FOIA request to get to the bottom of this emerging scandal and absolute misuse of funds.
This is an absolute EPIC FAIL in terms of the amount of money ($85 Million) that has been spent on IT and technology over the course of the last 3 1/2 years. That is $24.2M dollars a year ! Are you kidding me !!! We need to have a complete audit done on what this money was spent on... hardware, software, consultants, lawyers, temporary workers, the full monty. And when this report is published you fire every consultant, and lawyer that every touched this cities IT department and sweep it all out and put an EMERGENCY OMBUDSMAN TROUBLESHOOTER into place that can clean house, who does not report to the Mayor's office, (but only to the Citizens of Colorado Springs) and can put in place a short, medium, and long terms strategy. This is an absolute JOKE !!!
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