State controller John Chiang has said it would take six months to re-configure California’s aging COBOL-based payroll system in order to cut the salaries of California’s 200,000 state employees, under an order from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to try and rein in the deficit. […]
Ironically, the only ones who can make the changes – part time retired COBOL programmers – were among 10,000 employees laid off as part of the cuts.
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