The Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services has a web-based case management system that is way over budget and way past its deadline, a new state auditor’s report shows.
The ReHabWorks System was supposed to replace the case management system from multiple state commissions that were dissolved upon the creation of the department in 2004.
Department officials estimated the original cost at $2.6 million, $2.4 million from federal funds.
As of May, the department estimates it will cost more than seven times that amount‚ $18.3 million. However, auditors determined the department had already spent $18.8 million through March.
The project that was supposed to be completed in 2007 has had two extensions and now has a completion date by April 2013. The department spent $2.2 million between 2010 and 2012 without getting approval from the Legislative Budget Board, which is required in state law.
Auditor John Keel reports the following on ReHabWorks System:
“The department was originally appropriated $2.4 million in federal funds for the development of the ReHabWorks System for the 2006-2007 biennium, with a completion date of August 2007.
“The Department modified the project scope twice, extending the completion date to August 2010. The Department did not originally report approximately $10.9 million in indirect costs related to personnel participating in the development of the ReHabWorks System in the Biennial Operating Plan it submitted to the Legislative Budget Board.”
The audit states the project lacked proper planning, monitoring, and documentation, all of which led to the cost overruns and missed deadlines.
Department leaders agreed with the auditor’s recommendations and submitted plans to implement them.
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