The Missourians Problem

Extract from Missourinet 19.07.2021: By Brian Hauswirth

Opportunity for residents of state of Mussouri to testify in Jefferson City about Missouri’s outdated state IT system.

The Missouri House Subcommittee on Federal Stimulus Spending has called a noon hearing for Tuesday at the Statehouse, regarding state IT infrastructure overhaul. They’ll hear testimony from Office of Administration (OA) Commissioner Sarah Steelman, department officials and citizens, and attended by State Rep. Doug Richey (R-Excelsior Springs),

Representative Richey has tremendous concerns about the state’s IT system. He wants to see a plan in place by January (2021), for a serious overhaul of the state IT system. He says Missourians who need assistance with constituent services are frustrated, especially when they have issues involving multiple state departments and agencies. Many of them use different computer systems.

“It’s very frustrating and a lot of that frustration is tied to the fact that our IT is outdated. We have some departments that are still working with systems that are COBOL,” Richey told Missourinet in late June (2020).