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Florida is spending about $733 million on technology this year out of a $74 billion budget.
No one person or agency accounts for this specialized and technical spending. It’s spread across numerous state agencies, departments and divisions. When problems happen, as they did with Florida’s $63 million unemployment website CONNECT, there’s no one at the state, like Gov. Rick Scott, who accepts responsibility.
Instead, it’s the vendor who’s to blame.
For Sen. Jeremy Ring, who launched the east coast operations of Yahoo! from his New York City apartment at the dawn of the Internet Age in 1995, this is no way to conduct business.