Chiu cracking down on city’s $200M IT mess 

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu continued with his efforts on Tuesday to turn around The City’s troubled information and technology system.

Chiu, who worked in the high-tech industry for nine years before assuming elected office, has made it one of his priorities to solve The City’s tech woes.

“While it may be 2010, I think our IT system is stuck in 1999,” Chiu said.

He introduced legislation Tuesday that would strengthen the city’s IT committee, commonly referred to as COIT, to create better IT policies, establish a chief information office to move forward The City’s IT “vision,” and to establish a more centralized IT system.

“We have an opportunity to not only save money but to bring San Francisco into the 21st century,” Chiu said.

“We are not just about our delayed JUSTIS project, the situation at our Muni control center, we are not talking about Terry Childs and whether one individual can hold hostage our IT system or our completely," Chiu said. "We are talking about a $200 million budget where it’s not clear exactly how our money is being spent.”

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