Secretary of State Nancy Worley says a $300,000 project by her predecessor to store old land survey records electronically must be redone at additional cost to taxpayers.
Worley said some of the records aren't readable.
But Jim Bennett, who is now state labor commissioner, said there had been no complaints about unreadable surveys when he was secretary of state.
He suggested Worley could be trying to divert attention from her purchase of a $30,000 sport utility vehicle for official use while laying off three employees.
The state hired Plano, Texas-based EDS to scan the records. Worley said the company fulfilled the contract. But she said the contract did not require the company to make sure the end product was usable.
An EDS spokesman said the images had weekly quality assurance checks that were shared with and approved by the secretary of state's office.
Jim Ray, president of the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors, said members have complained about the new records