Michigan Spends Millions on Contractor

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- The state of Michigan is spending millions of dollars on a contractor to run its welfare computer system partly because it doesn't offer enough money to attract new hires.

A system called Bridges keeps track of welfare cases in the Department of Human Services. In February, Deloitte Consulting was given a one-year contract for about $15 million to maintain it and make regular updates.

Officials concede it would be cheaper to move Bridges support completely in-house but that won't happen soon. Jim Hogan of the state's technology department says the goal is to have 80 percent by 2015.

He told The Associated Press he lost 15 people to early retirement in December and had several vacancies starting at roughly $42,000 a year. Nobody applied.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 1, 2011 at 11:25 AM
    This isn't the only thing that the state is using contractor for. Cann't find people to work? What are they paying minium wage for skilled positions? Even the state can do a little better than that. We need your experience on computers but don't want to pay for it. Sounds about right to me. How do I know? Several years ago was offered a state job only it paid minium wages, and no bennefits. But you were going to be working for the state, and I qoute " we really need qualified people for these positions". So pay peoople what they are worth.
  • by SammyB Location: Dimondale on Mar 31, 2011 at 01:11 PM
    Another boost for Welfare, no wonder people are leaving Michigan, the one's staying continue to pay more and more for the deadbeats that can afford cigarettes and drugs and also continue to have children they (we) can't afford. Pure Michigan!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 31, 2011 at 04:57 AM
    no one applied, if these are high paying cushy jobs with great benefits then where are all the applicants?
  • by kelly Location: hastings on Mar 31, 2011 at 02:34 AM
    Let our Governor contract out everything.. this apparnetly makes him feel good for people to lose their jobs at the expense of contracting out... just like our prison system getting their medications from a company in oaklahoma I am sure there is a company here willing to supplt meds for Michigan's felons which brings me to this thought we sure do treat them well don't we????
  • by abbie Location: Lansing on Mar 30, 2011 at 08:39 PM
    But our new Governor says state employees are overpaid. It is about time this issue is brought to the surface. The state is billed outrageous amounts per hour for its IT contractors, many into up to hundreds of dollars per hour. Kudos to WILX for running this story.
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