Published on September 13th, 20120
Lack of government IT skills costing tax payers millions
Public spending watchdog Audit Scotland has targeted badly managed IT projects after reviewing three public sector programmes including Registers for Scotland that has almost doubled in cost from £66 to £112 million.
The report found that high-value IT projects were facing delays, cancellations, or cost overruns because of a lack of specialised skills and experience, with the auditor advising government to create a central resource of qualified managers to oversee large scale implementations.
“The Scottish Government needs to address these weaknesses and strengthen its strategic oversight of ICT investment to ensure the public sector delivers programmes that improve public services and provide value for money,” says auditor general for Scotland Caroline Gardner.