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Auditors, attorney general rap info-sharing system

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HARTFORD, CT (AP) -

Problems are hampering the start of a $24 million system for state and local law enforcement agencies to share information, state auditors and Connecticut Attorney General George C. Jepsen said.

The Day of New London reports that a consultant reports that the Criminal Information Sharing System is "at a high risk for failure" and is not likely to be completed in November 2014, as projected.

Mike Lawlor, undersecretary for criminal justice policy, says the Malloy administration is making numerous fixes.

Lawmakers authorized the project in 2008 in response to previous pardons issued to the two men involved in the Cheshire home invasion murders without getting all available information from other state agencies.

The system is intended to allow about 23,000 authorized users to share information collected by various criminal justice agencies.

John C. Geragosian, auditor of public accounts, said Tuesday that the project appears to be reeling a bit and several issues require attention now or in the near future to get it back on track.

A whistleblower complained in January that the project was being mismanaged.

An investigation identified "significant deficiencies" in the timeliness, clarity and accuracy of information provided to the governing board, possible cost overruns, management problems and lack of expertise.

Geragosian said that $15 million has been spent so far and he could not estimate how much the project would ultimately cost.

Lawlor said there is a new project manager and more personnel changes are possible. About 10 problems are being addressed, he said.

"We're plowing through it all and making whatever changes are necessary," Lawlor said.

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