Red flags ignored in failed MVD computer upgrade

Posted at: 11/25/2012 3:18 PM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The administration of former Gov. Bill Richardson pushed ahead with a computer upgrade at the state's Motor Vehicle Department despite knowing the prime contractor allegedly lacked a proven track record in the field.

Records obtained by the Albuquerque Journal show Hewlett-Packard was awarded the 2010 contract to revamp the MVD system even after lawyers for contract rival 3M warned the state that HP didn't have a proven track record in the field.

The administration of now-Gov. Susana Martinez cancelled the deal last year after the state spent $5 million on the project and fired HP.

Now the state is trying to figure out how to improve a system described in 2005 as one of the worst in the country.