It's only half of what Mayor
The council reluctantly moved the
The department in the last two years has started million-dollar projects and then stopped them without finishing, she said. It also launched an internal investigation in January with few details provided to the
And now the city wants
"I'm concerned about the turmoil in the department," Martin said.
The city recently hired Hogan Lovells law firm to assess the city's network security. The firm recommended a redesign in the city's network and a new backup system.
"My concern is I don't have the confidence level that we have the staffing level to manage this," she said. "This is a big project."
This was the second time Bach made the financing request for the department. The council turned him down in June, saying they didn't have enough information about why they should take money from approved projects and move it into the IT department. Bach and Cox met with council members one-on-one to explain.
The city's network is vulnerable and at risk, Cox said. Nine months ago, the city started an IT project and found the problems in the system, he said. The
The request to put money into the city's IT department comes on the heels of Bach saying the city has more than
Cox said the city would put the abandoned projects into the 2015 budget. Council member
Martin said she hoped the city would set up an outside committee of technology experts to examine the situation and make recommendations. The past three chief information officers have come in and recommended sweeping changes -- each of them with their own plan on how to fix the department, she said.
"It's quite remarkable that here we are three years later and we are having the same discussions," she said.
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