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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 02:24 PM
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Breaking: FL CFO Sink suspends Jeb Bush's Project Aspire $100 Million contract
Sink pulls Aspire plug

By Bill Cotterell
Florida Capital Bureau Political Editor

May 17, 2007


TALLAHASSEE -- Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink today pulled the plug on one of the three big state outsourcing projects that has already cost the state $89 million and not delivered as promised.

Sink said she decided to suspend "Project Aspire," a much-delayed financial management system that was started in Gov. Jeb Bush's administration. The vendor, BearingPoint, pulled out of the Aspire contract last December and the state had not sought a replacement company.

Sink said the state spent $89 million on Project Aspire, with no end in sight.

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Gov. Charlie Crist and Sink included Aspire among the major privatization and service contracting initiatives assigned to the new Council on Efficient Government, created by the 2006 Legislature in response to various delivery and cost problems in Bush's outsourcing efforts. The other two are MyFloridaMarketplace, the automated purchasing system, and People First, the problem-plagued state personnel privatization and online system.

"We need to stop spending the people's tax dollars until we have a clear strategy in place to make the project a success," Sink said of Project Aspire.

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This is very good news in the long journey to purge all vestiges of the previous administration.
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NJCher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 02:33 PM
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1. Sink pulls plug
Ya' gotta' love those copy editors.



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Jane Austin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 02:41 PM
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2. Texas did the same thing a couple of months ago.
Our contract was with the Arthur Andersen spinoff, I think

We had spent $500 million or so with nothing to show for it, and somebody realized it had to stop.

Isn't privatization great? :sarcasm:
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