- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The consultant planning the replacement of Ohio’s flawed computerized background-check system will be paid nearly $475,000 by the state.

The Columbus Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1HMwbLU ) reports the Controlling Board on Monday approved the contract for MTG Management Consultants of Seattle.

Attorney General Mike DeWine is taking steps to replace hardware and software after reports showing the system has been unreliable for years. An investigation by The Columbus Dispatch and WBNS-TV found the fingerprint-based system wrongly indicated some criminals have clean records.

The state crime lab runs over 1.3 million background checks annually for employers, and law enforcement agencies use the system to check criminal histories.

The multimillion-dollar replacement isn’t expected to be done until mid-2017. DeWine has pressured the contractor on the current system to improve its operation in the meantime.

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