Department of Transportation sues IT firm over contract

Department of Transportation sues IT firm over contract
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HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii Department of Transportation has filed a lawsuit seeking tens of millions of dollars in damages from an information technology consulting company overseeing a new computer system for the state Highways Division that never worked.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the Attorney General's Office filed a lawsuit against Colorado-based Ciber Inc. Wednesday.

The state hired Ciber in 2008 to help design, develop and deploy a DOT system that would automate reporting requirements that could perform functions required by the federal government to obtain reimbursements for projects. The lawsuit says Ciber was unable to design such a system.

In all, the state paid Ciber and other consultants working on the Financial Accounting System Transportation $13.9 million. The project hasn't yet been completed.

Ciber Inc. didn't respond for comment.

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