Computer Weekly tax campaign up for 'Oscar'

Computer Weekly's campaign to reform the culture of IT failure and excessive secrecy at HM Revenue and Customs has been shortlisted for one of the publishing industry's most prestigious accolades.

Computer Weekly's campaign to reform the culture of IT failure and excessive secrecy at HM Revenue and Customs has been shortlisted for one of the publishing industry's most prestigious accolades.

Computer Weekly's Making the Tax System Work campaign is in contention for the Editorial Campaign of the Year award in the "Oscars" of the publishing industry, run by the Periodical Publishers Association.

Hooman Bassirian, Computer Weekly's editor, said, "Making the Tax System Work is our most ambitious campaign to date. HMRC is one of the most powerful and important departments in government.

"But it is facing a period of change and uncertainty as it tries to address long-standing technology and business management problems in the wake of the merger between HM Customs and the Inland Revenue.

"We believe that it is critical that HMRC's chief information officer, Steve Lamey, is given the operational and management support he needs to carry out the wide-scale reform of the department's IT systems and processes."

ComputerWeekly has won the coveted PPA award four times in the past five years for its campaigning journalism on behalf of the UK's IT professionals.

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