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"Quick Takes" Continued...

Issue: "Millions cut down," Jan. 17, 2009

Does not compute

The United Kingdom's Department for Transport bought a computer system as a cost-cutting measure, only to find out that parts of the system were exclusively in German. In a Dec. 16 report to Parliament, MPs charged bureaucrats with gross negligence for failing to ensure the pricey computer system would even be understandable to English-speaking government workers. Department officials had once claimed the system would save the British government nearly $85 million in gains after paying for its $80 million cost. Instead, the mostly broken computer system has run up huge cost overruns, creating a $180 million bill for Parliament while only producing $60 million in savings.

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