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Wyoming officials say state needs costly computer upgrade

May 17, 2019 GMT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming officials believe the state needs a significant computer system upgrade but the replacement price is an obstacle.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported Thursday that the state Joint Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs Interim Committee met in Gillette Tuesday to discuss the state’s Revenue Information System.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation says the cost to replace the 30-year-old system through purchase and installation of a new system is about $68 million, including staff training.

The system houses data including voter registration and driver records and is used by officials ranging from county clerks to police officers.

Officials say the existing system costs about $1.3 million annually to maintain.

The transportation department says it only has one employee who knows the outdated computer code called COBOL that the system utilizes.

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com