Missouri leads nationwide in consolidating computer services, report shows

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 | 10:49 a.m. CDT; updated 12:27 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, October 27, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — A state auditor's report says Missouri is at the forefront nationally in consolidating its computer services.

But it says the merger of Missouri's various information technology divisions has drawn mixed reaction from state employees.

Missouri began consolidating its computer technology sections in 2005. A report from State Auditor Susan Montee says that while many states have centralized their computer systems, Missouri has gone further than most by also centralizing the personnel who maintain and manage those computers.

Survey results in Montee's report show computer technology employees generally believe the move was good or neutral for the state. But other state employees doubted its benefit to their agencies.


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