- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - State Department of Social Services officials say the latest company hired to build a computer system for tracking deadbeat parents will complete its work in 2019, 22 years after the federal deadline. Meanwhile, federal fines continue.

Katie Morgan, director of child support services, told a House panel Wednesday work should begin April 1 under the state’s new contract with Xerox. It calls for the system to be running statewide by March 2019. Morgan says that’s when fines of between $10 million and $13 million annually will stop.

The chairman of the House panel writing the agency’s budget told Morgan continued delays are unacceptable. Rep. Murrell Smith of Sumter says legislators are tired of timelines being continually off track.

DSS ended litigation last month with Hewlett-Packard on the company’s 2007 contract.

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