McLeod Software purchases new headquarters building in Hoover

December 5, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

McLeod Software has purchased a 140,000-square foot office building in Hoover for its new corporate headquarters. The company announced that it plans to move into it’s new facility in early summer 2018 at the completion of a major remodeling project.

“One of the most rewarding opportunities McLeod Software offers our region is new jobs being transplanted from other states,” said Hoover City Councilman Place 5 Derrick M. Murphy.  He is the Chairman of the Commerce & Development committee.

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US Health and Human Services finds Alabama Medicaid put patient data at risk

October 6, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Medicaid has another problem with data security.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General recently released a report detailing Alabama Medicaid’s failure to “adequately secure its Medicaid Management data and Information System (MMIS).” It also failed to “implement specific controls over its MMIS data and information system” and failed “to provide sufficient oversight” to ensure its vendor maintained security.

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Six Million Plus and Counting on Another Failed System

November 3, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Another one of Governor Robert Bentley’s bright ideas to help bring the State into the “digital-age” is crumbling, as the time and attendance software known as eSTART was abandoned by the Department of Human Resources (DHR).

A recent memo from the DHR alerted staff that, ‘the use of e-START, the Time and Attendance System effective November 1, 2016, is [prohibited] until further notice.’

DHR joins a long list of State Agencies that dumped the system or refused to implement it altogether.
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Hearing Wednesday in Zeigler’s challenge to Bentley’s $47 million STAARS software

September 21, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, September 21, a hearing will be held in a lawsuit challenging Gov. Robert Bentley’s (R) controversial $47 million no-bid contract for the purchase of the ,much maligned STAARS software.

State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) filed suit alleging that the massive no-bid contract violates Alabama’s bid laws and the software does not work. He is asking that the contract be voided and that the purchase money returned to the State’s General Fund.
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STAARS WAARS: May the Source Be With You

August 9, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Registering for STAARS takes more technical skills than navigating the Millennium Falcon through an asteroid field.

Having some business before the State that requires we register with STAARS, gives us an opportunity to experience, first hand, the workings of this software. Even though we are quite sure that our account will get flagged at the click of the submit button, with bells and sirens blaring throughout the Finance Department, I wanted to get the full STAARS experience. Let’s say we didn’t get off to a great “STAART.”
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Attorney General’s Opinion Decides Round One in Technology Turf War

August 3, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—An Attorney General’s Opinion issued July 29, confirms the State Personnel Board (SPB) and the State Personnel Department (SPD) have the specific authority to “promulgate the manner by which State agencies are to maintain time and leave records.”

The legal definition of promulgating means, “to formally proclaim or declare a new statutory or administrative law as in effect, after it receives final approval.”
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STAARS Still Failing Alabama

April 20, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The $47 million no-bid software package known as STAARS, a statewide government accounting system, is now going to require more full-time staff at the Department of Finance, according to a presentation made to agency heads last week.

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The multi-million dollar system, touted as a cost-saving measure, will also need additional outsourced programers, according to the report.

The trouble with STAARS came to light after this publication reported on the failed implementation in December 2015.  The State’s new payment software had left hundreds of thousand of dollars in arrears, with thousands of vendors waiting months for payments.
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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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