Court rules Zeigler’s lawsuit over STAARS contract can proceed

June 1, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

A Montgomery County Circuit Court judge, on Wednesday, tossed out most of a lawsuit brought by Alabama Auditor Jim Zeigler over the troubled STAARS computer system, but left intact, the suit’s primary allegation.

Judge James Anderson dismissed six allegations in all, including one that could have made the case a class-action lawsuit with every citizen of Alabama a possible plaintiff.

However, Anderson let stand Zeigler’s primary complaint – that former Gov. Robert Bentley and other State officials willfully violated the State’s competitive bid laws in order to award the $47 million contract.
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Pallets of Phones Gather Dust Under Newton’s Orders

January 19, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Pallets stacked with expensive Cisco phones, perhaps representing millions in State tax dollars, sit silently gathering dust in a warehouse, because someone at the State Department of Finance thinks they have a better idea.

After reporting on the botched rollout of the STAARS accounting system, more than two-dozen confidential sources have reached out to alreporter.com alerting us to myriad problems inside the Finance Department. An open record request has been made to the department, now over a month old, as its legal counsel tries to stall for time.
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Zeigler Comments on State’s Failed Financial Software

December 11, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, December 9, Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler commented on the software scandal that was first revealed by the Alabama Political Reporter’s Bill Britt on Tuesday.

zeiglerState Auditor Zeigler said in a statement, “We have known for some time that the Bentley administration had major internal problems, but we really did not know just how bad those are. Now, they have become dysfunctional.  The new State financial software does not work.  It has not worked in months, and they have hid that fact. The State’s bills are not being paid.  Tens of thousands of bills.”
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Investigation Reveals State in Arrears with Thousands of Vendors

December 9, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Open Alabama Checkbook has not been updated since the beginning of fiscal year 2016. In an attempt to find out why,  alreporter.com investigated, and uncovered the ugly truth that the State’s new payment software has left hundreds of thousand of dollars in arrears with thousands of vendors waiting months for payments. According to three high-level agency employees, the State has fallen behind in its payment obligations since June of this year.
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