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Ex-Logica Head Will Scrutinise IT Projects in Wake of Fiascos

Magazine article Public Finance

Ex-Logica Head Will Scrutinise IT Projects in Wake of Fiascos

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The former head of IT contractor Logica is to probe major public sector computer projects as part of the government's latest efficiency review, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Yvette Cooper has announced.

The appointment of Martin Read on June 23 follows a string of high-profile government IT project fiascos, including those at the Child Support Agency and the Rural Payments Agency.

Current schemes are also mired in controversy and delay, with the NHSs £12.7bn National Programme for IT suffering a fresh setback when lead contractor Fujitsu pulled out last month.

Figures revealed this week in response to a series of parliamentary questions from Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesman Vince Cable show that computer projects at the Department for Work and Pensions are running at a total of £315m over budget and 20 years late.

Revenue and Customs' excise movement and control system has more than doubled in cost, from £19m to £44m, and the cost of the Department for Transport's shared services programme has soared from £31m to £123m, the parliamentary answers show. …

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