Implementing the Government ICT Strategy: Six-month Review of Progress: The Cabinet Office
HC 1594, Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Session 2010-12
- National Audit Office (NAO)
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
'Implementing the Government ICT Strategy: Six-month Review of Progress: The Cabinet Office (HC 1594)' has commended the early progress being made by the Government in implementing its ICT Strategy but has identified areas where progress has not kept pace with the Government's ambitions.
Launched in March 2011, the Strategy is intended to tackle systemic problems in Government ICT projects which in the past have tended to be too big, lengthy, risky and complex. Departments have independently developed systems which have often not communicated easily with one another.
The broad aims of the Strategy are:
to reduce waste and project failure;
create a common ICT infrastructure for Government; and
use ICT to change how public services are delivered.
The Government has adopted a pragmatic and collaborative approach and has largely met the first round of deadlines for taking action. New arrangements are in place to implement the Strategy; and the leadership, governance and mechanisms for making sure departments comply with the Strategy are different from those in the past and have the potential to secure benefits.
30 actions from the Strategy have been rationalised into 19 delivery areas with a more consistent plan about how the new approaches and standards and the common ICT infrastructure will be taken forward. However, there are also a number of areas where not enough progress has been made.
The Cabinet Office has not yet developed a system for measuring the extent to which the Strategy is resulting in sustained change. Gaps in ICT skills in the public sector also remain a serious challenge.
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