Tribunal ruling politely ridicules the OGC

The wording of the ruling by the Information Tribunal that two early gateway reviews on the ID Cards scheme should be published makes the Office of Government Commerce look foolish.

The Tribunal found, for instance, that the OGC had fielded several (very senior) witnesses, and there were passages in the written statements of more than one witness that read almost identically.

“The Tribunal noted in the course of the appeal that various passages in the statements of more than one witness read virtually identically.”

The Tribunal said the witnesses should have used their words; and it made the trenchant point that the OGC certainly has the money to ensure that the witnesses write their own statements. [The OGC has fielded several witnesses at each of three formal hearings over whether the ID Cards gateway reviews should be published]. This is what the Tribunal said: 

“It is important in all cases which come before it, especially those involving major government departments or agencies, for the simple principle to be observed that witnesses should express themselves in their own words. It is certainly not as if the resources are lacking to ensure that such a course is complied with.”

The Tribunal rejected nearly every point made by the OGC.

Surely the time has come for the OGC to publish the reviews. Otherwise it’s in danger of being seen as anachronistic beyond redemption, but with lucid intervals.

Links:

Government made to look foolish over ID Cards – Computer Weekly

Public Money used against the public interest? – Homeofficewatch

Man jailed for having fake ID Card

Information Tribunal orders early gateway reviews on ID Cards to be published – Spy blog

ID Cards database breached by nosey council staff – Computer Weekly

OGC loses FOI ID Cards battle – but does it care?

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I know nothing about UK politics, but what I do know is that OGC publish some excellent material for Project Managers, and have some excellent guidelines.

On a side note, how come you're not writing much about Project Management Tony?

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I take a broad view of what "project management" means.

I'd argue that software for the Chinook ZD576 helicopter which crashed on the Mull of Kintyre comes under project management: writing and testing the software for the Fadec fuel control system was a project, and it was a failure. As a result the helicopter was not airworthy.

Most of what I write on the IT Projects blog is to do with project management. If you think my argument is rubbish please tell me.

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