The state will spend nearly $17 million to modernize its payroll systems.

It’s an issue Always Investigating looked into more than a year ago, when we discovered a lot of the payroll was still being done manually on paper, not electronically.

The state announced Wednesday it selected CherryRoad Technologies Inc. to modernize payroll and time and attendance systems to provide greater functionality and efficiencies in serving more than 75,000 full- and part-time employees statewide.

The notice of award for the contract includes $16.7 million for implementation.

“The current payroll and time and attendance system was built more than 40 years ago and has become very difficult to maintain,” said Gov. David Ige. “We are taking on the challenge of replacing the system in order to create a more efficient and effective government for Hawaii’s taxpayers and our state employees.”

Work is expected to begin this summer and take about 18 months. Under the proposal, payroll will be modernized first, followed by time and attendance.

“State employees will be the first beneficiaries of the 21st Century payroll capabilities and efficiencies,” said comptroller Douglas Murdock. “The new system will help us resolve problems with system stability and late or inaccurate payments.

“From the development of the RFP to the evaluation of submissions, we took a collaborative approach to incorporate employee user input, building it into the review process. Employees representing virtually every state department and jurisdiction were involved in the evaluation of vendor proposals, and I’d like to thank our state team members for their hard work and dedication to improving how government works.”

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