The new contracts represent a huge cost savings. Combined, the three deals will cost no more than $4.3 million this year, while Ciber and VisionIT averaged a combined $23 million a year since mid-2007. That's a savings of 81 percent.This is a significant accomplishment.
The report was lost in the hysteria of the Saints win and carnival. It deserves wider coverage and support.
If other city departments (notably the Sanitation Department) would take similar action, the cities budget problems might be manageable.