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Gateway Reviews on track to meet savings target

James Rogers
The Gateway Review process for central government procurement projects is on track to deliver its promised £500m cost savings by 2003, according to a senior official at the Office of Government Commerce (OGC).

The review process was launched after a series of high-profile public sector IT disasters at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate, the Passport Office, National Insurance Records, the air traffic control systems at Swanwick and the Post Office Horizon/Pathway project.

Ian Glenday, Gateway Programme Director at the OGC said: "We are doing an audit now to demonstrate that it is producing results." The OGC will be releasing information on the Gateway Review's progress towards meeting its target in the next 2 or 3 months, he added.

Launched in February last year, the Gateway Review process aims to shave £500m off the cost of government procurement on a range of major projects -including IT projects - by 2003.

Speaking at the OGC's annual IT Conference in central London, Glenday highlighted the importance of proving Gateway Review cost savings. He said: "Unless we can demonstrate real value for money, the programme has no future. We are not in the business of just creating jobs for ourselves."

The success of the scheme is crucial to the OGC, which was formed in 2000 and charged with streamlining central government procurement. ]

Gateway Reviews assess projects at various stages of their development. To date, 160 Gateway Reviews have been performed on 104 projects.

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