Government IT contractor rewarded for failure

There is, as I
have stated
before
, something bad and smelly about the awarding of IT contracts
throughout Government.  

The Public
and Commercial Services Union
has condemned the MOD for awarding a 2nd
phase contract to a project that has failed to meet the criteria of its 1st
phase Gateway review.

We find that the
ATLAS consortium led by IT company
EDS, has been awarded a 2nd phase contract,
even though they have not delivered on the 1st phase.  

The project in
question is part of the MoD's defence Information Infrastructure (
DII) project

The Information
Commissioner needs, and the public need to back him up on this, to order the
MOD to release the Gateway review documents
, under the Freedom of Information Act, just as he has on the ID
cards
project.
 

MP’s need to demand a Statement in the House from the Minister of
Defence. 

These IT
consortiums continue to fail to deliver, yet time and time again they are
rewarded with newer and more expensive contracts.  Its has all but become
a licence to print money, our tax money. 

I say put the
brakes on these contracts, slow things down, and make these IT consortium
companies deliver what it says on the box before they get another penny.

EDS and all the other IT contractor companies
to Government IT projects need to be reviewed on the basis of value for money
and ability to deliver. Where they are found wanting, they need to be removed
from the OGC lists.

There also needs
to be an enquiry into the Civil Service heads who sign off these contracts, and
where they are found wanting, dismissed.

This is our money
they are spending, billions upon billions of pounds, and we have a right to
know why failure is being rewarded again and again.
 

The ATLAS
Consortium is responsible for delivering the Defence Information Infrastructure
(Future) project for the Ministry of Defence.

ATLAS is led by EDS, with Fujitsu Services as a Tier 1
partner, General Dynamics, LogicaCMG and EADS Defence and Security Systems Ltd
(Cogent) as tier 2 partners, and
IBM and HP as exclusive capability partners.

ATLAS was awarded
the contract for increment 1 of
DII (F) in March 2005, with a budget of approximately
US$4.0 billion (£2.3 billion).

Increment 2a enables
EDS to increase its previously stated
estimates for revenue from the MOD
DII (F) contract over the next eight years by $1.27
billion. 

EDS
press release

 

 

 

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About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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