Retreads and Denial – A Strange Way To Restore Credibility

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In the aftermath of the CCMS debacle — a $500 million waste of taxpayer money that ranks among the costliest IT failures in American history — how should the judicial branch go about restoring its credibility with the Legislature and the Governor? One way would be to acknowledge the CCMS failure immediately; hold accountable those who foisted CCMS on the branch and rabidly defended it despite mounting evidence of its critical flaws; bring new faces into the technology leadership circle; open up the decision-making process on any future technology projects; and welcome legislative oversight.

In the alternative, one could deny the overwhelming evidence that the program was a dud and claim — as Justice Bruiniers did — that it failed because of a lack of political will; slap a new name on the old CCMS Internal Committee and start calling it the Technology Committee, but keep the same old CCMS…

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