Magazine article Public Finance

NAO Identifies More ICT Savings

Magazine article Public Finance

NAO Identifies More ICT Savings

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The public purse could make significant savings if the government planned better how it disposes of its computers, fax machines and telephones, auditors said this week

On average, public bodies change their information, communication and technology equipment every five years, compared with a three-year average in the commercial sector. But the National Audit Office is urging the public sector to follow the best commercial practices and dispose of ICT equipment sooner, which would net a higher resale price.

As well as financial considerations, government departments should also give thought to environmental concerns, the NAO said.

Its July 31 report suggested there was a need for more joined-up thinking in the longer term, including better understanding of the wider environmental costs and benefits from the acquisition, use and disposal of ICT equipment

The report suggests that public sector bodies at the centre of government with responsibilities in this area, including the Office of Government Commerce and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, should conduct a joint analysis of the 'whole-life value' of public sector ICT equipment. …

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