IBM spokesman report they hired data-recovery specialists and have recovered more than 80% of the data, but state officials continue to estimate 50% of the data is lost.
"In spite of earlier assurances, the destruction of critical data has, in fact, occurred," First Assistant Attorney General Kent Sullivan wrote Monday in an e-mail to Brian Rawson, chief of the Department of Information Resources. Attorney General Greg Abbott's office "cannot afford to risk a re-occurrence of this event."
Backup issues have been reported in other agencies, including the Department of Transportation and the Texas Workforce Commission.
The Texas Legislature ordered the outsourcing of state agency IT functions in 2005 and they're apparently having a few growing pains.
Links to The Morning News articles:
"Crash hinders AD case" here
"Critical data at risk" here
"Perry halts data transfer" here