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Housing Corporation review due this year

The Housing Corporation said this week that it expects to get the results of an external review of its troubled £17m IT modernisation programme by late autumn.

The government quango's application service provider project is running more than a year behind schedule after technical problems and missed deadlines.

The project was intended to cut IT running costs and improve the corporation's quality of service by replacing desktop PCs with thin clients that access finance and investment software hosted by Elonex.

The Housing Corporation commissioned Methods Consulting to review the work following  concerns over its commissioning and implementation.

"The report is still being prepared. We have yet to see a draft," a spokesman said.

Technical problems in 2004 forced the Housing Corporation to drop its plans to replace desktop computers with thin clients and procure new PCs instead, pushing up the cost of the work.

The review, which is being overseen by Housing Corporation officials, follows an earlier internal inquiry into allegations made by an anonymous whistleblower to the Office of the Deputy Prime minister over the management of the project. That investigation found no evidence of impropriety but highlighted some shortcomings with the management of the IT department.

Elonex declined to comment on the project.

 


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