Our office examined payments the Division of Criminal Justice Services (Division) made to Sagem Morpho (Morpho) for maintenance of the Statewide Automated Fingerprint Identification System (SAFIS) under contract C002047 for the period April 1, 2007 through March 31, 2008. Our objectives were to determine whether the Division (i) paid Morpho only for those services covered under the contract, (ii) can save money under a future maintenance contract, and (iii) received the maintenance services as specified in the contract. We found the Division (i) paid Morpho at least $546,360 for a test bed site license not included in the contract, (ii) may be able to obtain maintenance at a lower price under the new contract, and (iii) did not have clearly defined, comprehensive preventive maintenance requirements for SAFIS as a whole, but received the defined hardware preventive maintenance for a part of SAFIS. The Division generally agreed with our recommendations and used our findings to help negotiate a new contract at a savings of $600,000 a year for two years. The Division also agreed to recover the actual amount paid for the test bed site license not included in the contract.
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