Act lifts veil over public IT

Newshounds eager to sniff out a meaty story won't be alone in being pleased to learn that the terms of the Freedom of Information...

Newshounds eager to sniff out a meaty story won't be alone in being pleased to learn that the terms of the Freedom of Information Act afford access to public sector IT contracts.

For IT suppliers, this will provide a valuable means of gaining intelligence on the way their competitors do business and negotiate deals. And for those responsible for IT in local authorities and central government, it should offer a chance to learn from the successes and mistakes of their peers around the country.

But surely no-one can be happier than the British taxpayer, who may now see greater transparency in the business of public sector IT procurement deliver more successful projects, at lower cost.

Only through the accountability that such transparency brings, will local and central government IT projects start to avoid the sorts of problems that have blighted recent project roll-outs at the Passport Agency, the Inland Revenue and elsewhere.

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