Richard Bacon MP, a member of the House of Commons’ Public Accounts Committee, said today that the project to build a national database of offenders is a checklist of what not to do on a government IT scheme.
He added that the system for scrutinising and challenging government departments through the Office of Government Commerce is not working.
He was commenting on a report of the National Audit Office published today, on the failure of the National Offender Management Information System – C-Nomis.
He said: "This project is a check list of what not to do in a government IT project."
Nomis was affected by seven of the eight most common causes of project failure, even though the Home Office’s Programme and Project Management Support Unit issued a certificate in May 2005, as part of the project approval process, purporting to certify that Nomis did not suffer from the common causes of failure.
Bacon said: “These are systemic failures, which go much deeper than one badly botched project. The system for scrutinising and challenging government departments through the Office of Government Commerce is simply not working.
"The OGC may come up with sensible advice but it is not taken seriously enough by government departments, which are allowed to ignore its findings. This cannot continue. We should either give the OGC more power to do its job properly, or get rid of it and start again".
Report: C-Nomis Prison IT system guilty of 'basic' project management failures