RI takes Hewlett Packard to court for delaying DMV computer revamp

By Alana Cerrone

acerrone@abc6.com

@Alana_Cerrone

On Thursday, the state of Rhode Island met with Hewlett Packard Enterprises in Supreme Court, two days after suing the company over the state’s DMV computer system.

The state says the system upgrade was supposed to be done in September, and that HPE has been working on the upgrade for the past decade, and it’s still not done.

Now, the state says HPE wants to breach their contract and leave. So, they requested a restraining order to keep HPE at least until November 21, 2016, preventing them from leaving until the job is done.

John Tarantino, representing the state, said, "the status quo is there’s a contract. The contract says HPE is to be here each and every day with a fully-staffed complement of workers until HPE delivers a fully-functional RIMS system."

A representative of HPE said the company disagrees with the state’s claims. "We’re willing to stay on the job, we want to stay on the job, but we must get paid."

HPE says their employees have been working on the project without pay since June. They requested an additional $12 million to finish the update. So far, the state’s paid HPE over $13 million.

Governor Gina Raimondo says the Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman pledged to deliver the completed project to the state. Raimondo says she will hold HPE accountable.

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