From the Daily News:
Mayor Bloomberg acknowledged Monday the $722 million CityTime system has "been a disaster" - but offered no plans to fix it.
He couldn't even say who was in charge of it.
The project to replace paper timesheets with hand scanners for city workers was supposed to cost $68 million when proposed in 1998, but is still only one-third finished.
"It's been a disaster. It is one of these massive computer projects that very seldom ever is successful," said Bloomberg, who made his fortune with financial data systems.
He made no suggestions on how to fix CityTime, and mistakenly told reporters Deputy Mayor Ed Skyler had been working on it for years.
"Ed's spent, it's an incalculable amount of time over the last few years looking at it, and you know, he's still trying to figure out," Bloomberg said, turning to Skyler. "You want to add anything to that?"
"No," the startled Skyler replied.
CityTime is managed by the Office of Payroll Administration, which is jointly controlled by the mayor and controller.
OPA Director Joel Bondy reports to Mark Page, Bloomberg's budget director.