Report: Permitting, campaign finance programs technically challenged
Two high profile Portland projects face technological challenges, according to a report to be presented to the City Council on Wednesday, July 10.
According to the Quarterly Technology Oversight Committee Report to be presented to the council, they are the project to computerize the current construction permit process and the upcoming public campaign financing program. The report says a deadline for the Bureau of Development Service's computerization project has been delayed, and that contingency planning and funding must soon be finalized for the campaign financing program.
The report was prepared by the Technology Oversight Committee that advises the Office of Management and Finance. The report says that despite the concerns, progress has been made on both projects in recent months.
About the Portland Online Permitting System project, the reports says, "TOC (Technology Oversight Committee) respects BDS's (Bureau of Development Service) transparency about risks and the team's focus on making sure implementation is successful."
Concerning the Open and Accountable Elections program, the report says, "TOC has always believed the timeline for this project was ambitious, but as long as contingency planning is finalized within the next couple of weeks and funding for any necessary manual entries is identified TOC believes this project can be implemented by the Sept 1 deadline."
The five-member oversight committee was created in 2011 to monitor and advise on the progress of technology projects. The quarterly report tracks activities from April through June 2019.
You can read the report here.
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