The House of Commons’ Public Administration Committee this week heard evidence from Computer Weekly about the government’s need for more openness and accountability over major IT projects, particularly the ID cards scheme.
At a hearing on the implications for public services of ID cards, Computer Weekly was questioned by the committee’s MPs, as were Richard Tyndall a local government expert at consultants Mouchel Parkman, and Patrick Dunleavy of the London School of Economics
Computer Weekly’s evidence focused on the need for the results of three “gateway reviews” so far on ID cards to be published. The reviews are independent assessments of projects at various stages in their lifecycle.
Dunleavy suggested that the public spending watchdog the National Audit Office publish an annual report on major IT projects, as it does on defence programmes.