Connecticut paid a Virginia company millions of dollars to overhaul a law enforcement database, but is now considering suing because the system contains some 800 defects and has never been implemented because it could endanger police and the public, reports the Associated Press. “It simply is an apparent abject and total failure,” Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said. The state has spent nearly $6 million “on a project with no usable product to justify the expense,” state officials wrote in a May 17 letter to Maximus Inc., based in Reston, Va.
Company officials declined comment. The state’s Department of Information Technology signed an $8.5 million contract with Maximus in 2003 to overhaul the state’s COLLECT database after taking bids from seven companies. Maximus was hired to make the 30-year-old COLLECT system, used by law enforcers to learn about motor vehicle registrations, arrest warrants, protective orders, driving records and criminal histories. But testing exposed hundreds of defects in the new program and “substantial inferior performance in speed and reliability of queries and search results” compared to the old COLLECT system.