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April 28, 2011  6:00 AM

Government standards vehicle driven by “clueless fuckwittery”

mballard2 Profile: mballard2
Government IT, poor communications, standardization of Government IT, transparency and accountability

A senior member of a leading British tech standards body has launched an excoriating attack on Cabinet Office efforts to implement the central plank of its ICT Strategy.

The outburst has opened a crack into the secretive...

February 1, 2011  9:37 AM

DWP ID Plan – read the Restricted report

mballard2 Profile: mballard2
Data sharing, database state, Government IT, ID cards, poor communications, project failures, Project management, transparency and accountability

Why would the DWP have supported the hair-brained Home Office plan to commandeer its computer assets for the Identity Card Scheme? Vanity, of course.

You can see what the DWP thought of the plan by reading the


January 12, 2011  8:17 AM

Advisers foretold ID’s doom

mballard2 Profile: mballard2
Data sharing, database state, government and PR, Government IT, ID cards, IT and security, poor communications, privacy, project failures, transparency and accountability

The Identity Card Scheme offers a lesson in the infeasibility of IT systems held to political ransom. The cost of failure was too high for the Labour government. So the Home Office pressed on Quixotically with the system, despite never overcoming its critical weaknesses.

The picture...


December 21, 2010  1:00 PM

Hansard’s cloud plan

mballard2 Profile: mballard2
G-Cloud, Government IT, poor communications, Project management, standardization of Government IT, Technology, transparency and accountability


June 16, 2010  3:00 PM

Choose and Book denies cancer patient an appointment, saying he’s dead

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
NPfIT, Outsourcing, politics, poor communications, project failures, Whitehall near anarchy


The danger of wrong data on an NPfIT system: a man with cancer couldn't make an appointment because a local Choose and Book system showed he was dead.


The Daily Mail reports the story under the headline:

"Sorry, you can't have an...


June 15, 2010  7:00 AM

Highlights of confidential UCL report on summary care records

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
NPfIT, politics, poor communications, project failures, Project management, Sir Humphrey, transparency and accountability

Extended

A report by University College London on the summary care record scheme is expected to be published on Thursday.

Today this blog publishes highlights from a draft of the UCL SCR report.

It'll be interesting to compare...


June 7, 2010  7:05 AM

iSoft apologies over its CSC and NPfIT statements

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
Government IT, NPfIT, Outsourcing, poor communications


Today (June 7, 2010) iSoft issued a formal apology over a statement it made last week which suggested that a deferral of decisions in relation to the National Programme for IT (NPfIT) for its partner CSC was...


April 28, 2010  12:50 PM

Ex-NPfIT “owner” speaks publicly about scheme for first time since he quit

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
NPfIT, Outsourcing, politics, poor communications, Project management


Aidan Halligan was the joint senior responsible owner of the NPfIT in 2004, a role he shared with the then head of the programme,


April 28, 2010  7:08 AM

Does this help explain why CfH suspended some Summary Care Records uploads?

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
NPfIT, Outsourcing, politics, poor communications, Project management


Most primary care trusts taking part in the "accelerated" SCR roll-out were not planning SCR uploads even before the suspension

Primary care trusts took financial incentives from the government for mailing out millions of patient information...


March 23, 2010  8:25 AM

Summary Care Records: the truth or nothing like it?

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
NPfIT, politics, poor communications, project failures, Project management


Richard Veryard has written a response to our report on inaccuracies and ommisions in the...


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