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Fairfax Co. suspends work on computer overhaul

Friday - 4/20/2012, 6:43am  ET

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Fairfax County is suspending work on the last phase of a $43 million contract to overhaul its computer system.

The county advised SAP Public Services of its intent to suspend work on the Fairfax County Unified System project this month after the software company requested "extraordinary additional costs," The Washington Post reports. The county says SAP's request to bill an extra 11,000 hours for technical support is improper.

The project is intended to save money by consolidating purchases and other administrative procedures in a database serving the county and its public schools. However, it has been married by delays and problems.

The county also says in its letter that the bugs caused a four-month delay in the project's launch and have persisted since it became operational in November.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com


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