Monday, August 09, 2004

Computer Weekly on public sector IT

First posted 21st July 2004

Dear Aidan & Richard,

Publication:CWE; Date:Jul 20, 2004; Section:This Week; Page:4

MPs’ report on IT due

The House of Commons work and pensions select committee will onThursday publish the findings of its inquiry into public sector IT project failures. Writing exclusively for Computer Weekly, ahead of the report, MP Richard Bacon said public scrutiny was the key to future success.

“Bad projects are like anaerobic bacteria. They cannot survive exposure or oxygen but thrive on secrecy and lack of candour,” he wrote, supporting this publication’s Shaking up Government IT campaign, which calls for the publication of Gateway reviews and for a legal framework for public sector project management. Whitehall must end secrecy, p32

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