Critics of the AOC’s CCMS software program got handed a major win yesterday when the Joint Legislative Audit Committee voted unanimously to request an audit of the California Case Management System or CCMS. The request will now go to State Auditor Elaine Howle who is expected to begin her audit some time in April after the state’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) turns in his own report on CCMS next month.
The push for an audit of CCMS got interesting last week when The Recorder broke the news that the AOC was actively campaigning in Sacramento against an audit of CCMS. Joining in on the anti-audit of CCMS campaign were members of the Judicial Council as well who argued to members of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee that an audit would only duplicate the work being done by the CIO. But that wasn’t their only complaint about an audit. Quoting from the this morning’s Recorder article, “The judicial lobbyists also complained that a new audit would pull Administrative Office of the Courts staffers away from their work on the CCMS network.” To which I would reply, given that it’s taken you people almost ten years to get the thing off the ground, a little more extra time certainly won’t hurt!
Speaking before the committee, Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, (D) argued in favor of the audit. “There’s too much uncertainty, too many moving pieces, too much money at stake.”
But even though the committee voted to request an audit, they made it clear that it was not their intention to either derail or pull the plug on CCMS.
From The Recorder:
Lawmakers were quick to add that while they want greater oversight of the CCMS devlopment, they don’t want to pull the plug on the project.
And from the Daily Journal
Senator Denise Duchany, D-San Diego, voted for the audit but said she had concerns that critics were only seeking to derail a needed system.
Also speaking in favor of an audit was Sacramento County Superior Court Judge and Alliance of California Judges member Maryanne Gilliard. “You need to understand this project started out as a no bid, sole source project. Please do your job. Be a public guardian of the public trust.”