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NYC technology commissioner outed amid costly contract questions and ignored Y2K bugs


Added 06-14-19 03:13:02pm EST - “Samir Saini powered down from the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunication after just a year and a half, handing in his resignation and walking out the same day.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “NYC technology commissioner outed amid costly contract questions and ignored Y2K bugs”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The leadership of New York City’s IT agency has been rebooted after a screw up with the city’s wireless system and questions over costly procurement system.

Samir Saini powered down from the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunication after just a year and a half, handing in his resignation and walking out the same day.

“It’s been an honor to serve as DoITT’s Commissioner and Chief Information Officer and lead an incredible team tasked with delivering services critical to the core functioning of New York City government,” according to Saini’s canned comment handed out by the mayor’s office. “I’m proud of the work we’ve accomplished together to enhance services to over 100 City agencies and I thank Mayor de Blasio for the opportunity to work on behalf of the millions of New Yorkers who benefit from DoITT’s work every day.”

But his tenure has been marred by an outage of the NYCWiN, the city’s wireless network, which monitors 13,000 traffic lights, water meter readers and NYPD plate readers.

The 10-day system blackout was caused by “GPS Rollover” — a Y2K-like bug that the federal government had warned the city about and could have been prevented.

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