Public Sector IT:

November, 2007


November 28, 2007  10:31 AM

Is waning interest in HMRC’s missing CDs letting government off the hook?

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
transparency and accountability

A reader Neil McIntosh makes the worthwhile point that media interest over HMRC's two missing CDs, which contain child benefit data, is waning - which is inevitable - but does this let the government off the hook? He writes:

November 28, 2007  7:17 AM

HMRC’s extreme reaction to missing CDs

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
HMRC, IT security, NPfIT, Project management

A computer systems manager has written to us about an extreme reaction by HM Revenue and Customs to two CDs which went missing. The CDs contained the names and bank details of more than seven million families that receive child benefit.


November 28, 2007  6:45 AM

Government spin – Whitehall tries to disparage our NHS article

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
NPfIT

On 22 November I asked a straightforward question of NHS Connecting for Health which runs part of the NHS’s £12.4bn National Programme for IT [NPfIT]. The question: Could you let me know, by end of today please, if the possibility is being considered of having patient data processed abroad? If...


November 27, 2007  11:12 AM

Will patient data go overseas?

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
NPfIT

A Department of Health document reveals that a review has been underway into the possibility of allowing sensitive NHS patient data to be processed overseas, we have learned. Some GPs are concerned that if patient records are sent abroad there is a risk their contents could be revealed. The...


November 23, 2007  12:50 PM

Missing CDs – an excuse for ministers to attack the NAO?

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
transparency and accountability

What’s disturbing is the way the Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling and the Prime Minister Gordon Brown are using the incident of the missing discs to dent the credibility of the NAO, an organisation that’s not answerable to them but to Parliament....


November 23, 2007  11:26 AM

Missing CDs – why the NAO wanted millions of child benefit records

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
HMRC, IT security, mistakes, NAO, Project management

Evidence has emerged of why the National Audit Office asked HM Revenue and Customs for a large download of information from the child benefit database. Continued...

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November 21, 2007  7:52 AM

HMRC’s missing Child Benefit CDs – what went wrong and lessons for NPfIT and ID cards

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
Change management, HMRC, ID cards, incompetence, IT security, mistakes, NPfIT, Project management

The practice of sending across the country unencrypted, CD-based files on millions of child benefit claimants could have continued indefinitely if the discs hadn’t gone missing, we have learned. Seven months before the CDs went missing, HM Revenue and Customs had already established a practice...


November 20, 2007  9:46 AM

Grim 2007 Medix survey results on the £12.4bn NHS’s National Programme for IT

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
NPfIT

The results of the latest Medix survey of more than 1,000 doctors, who were questioned on the NHS’s National Programme for IT [NPfIT], make grim reading. Looked at on their own, the results imply that the NPfIT is failing, at least in terms of its big objectives and gaining the support of...


November 20, 2007  8:20 AM

£5bn Defence Information Infrastructure – leaders talk about progress, problems and lessons

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
Change management, dii, EDS, IT projects, NPfIT, Project management

The two leaders of the £5bn Defence Information Infrastructure contract [DII], who represent the Ministry of Defence and the Atlas consortium, which is led by services supplier EDS, have spoken about progress and challenges, and the lessons learned. Answering our questions following a joint...


November 20, 2007  8:11 AM

Computer Weekly interviews heads of £5bn Defence Information Infrastructure project

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
transparency and accountability

In this blog entry the two leaders of the £5bn Defence Information Infrastructure contract [DII], who represent the Ministry of Defence and the Atlas consortium of suppliers, led by services company EDS, answer our questions about progress and challenges, and the lessons learned. Their defence of...


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