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Auditors Criticise Prison and Probation Services Database Scheme

Magazine article Public Finance

Auditors Criticise Prison and Probation Services Database Scheme

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A government scheme to introduce a single database for prison and probation services has been damned by the National Audit Office.

The National Offender Management Information System, now three years late and likely to cost more than double its original £234m budget, has been badly managed and has not provided value for money, the NAO said.

An NAO report, published on March 12, said the core aim of the project - to bring in a single IT management system - will be : missed. The revised scheme will instead use three databases.

The report criticised the National Offender Management Service for significantly underestimating the technical complexity of the project The management team, which has since been replaced, also failed to monitor budgets, while a contractual design flaw prevented it from being able to put pressure on suppliers to stay on time and within budget. …

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