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Government to shelve 32 ICT projects

Kathleen Hall

The government has made recommendations to close 32 public sector IT projects and reshape a further 68, in the first tranche of its ICT Project Review.

In data published from the government's progress reports, 419 projects were identified for review by departments or the Office of the Chief Information Officer.

The e-Borders contract and FireControl project have already been cancelled under the government's Major Projects Review. However, it did not release details of the other projects recommended for cancellation.

This is the second month the government has missed its deadline to announce new open standards and procurement rules for ICT, which includes the use of skunk works projects. Feedback is still being gathered on the draft open standards, it said.

It is also yet to publish in full all new central government contracts worth more than £10,000, which was supposed to come into effect in January.

Later this month, the government is expected to release a report outlining a new approach to ICT procurement that will enable greater use of SMEs, a shorter time scale and lower costs to all parties.


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