Computer Weekly says
that it has seen advice issued by the Treasury to the Office of
Government Commerce stating that officials must destroy all “gateway
reviews” of its IT projects. Gateway Reviews are used to ensure that a
high-risk government IT project are on track and being run in an
efficient and cost-effective way.
Gordon Brown is trying to cover up failed government IT spending reviews. He is trying to beat a high court action to get them released under the Freedom of Information laws. What is so secret about these systems that a cover up would hide.
Their action, a response to the Freedom of Information Act, comes even though the Treasury's Office of Government Commerce (OGC) has lost two appeals to keep Gateway reports secret. Managed by the OGC, Gateway reviews are independent assessments of high and medium-risk IT-based and other projects at various stages in their lifecycle: projects such as the £5.3bn ID cards scheme and the NHS’s £12.4bn National Programme for IT.
More than 2,000 Gateway reviews have been carried out – but the OGC has published none of them.
order for the destruction of final reports will fuel suspicion that
they identify fundamental flaws in some major government IT-based
The OGC paper tells teams: “You must securely dispose
of the [final Gateway] report and all supporting documents immediately
after delivery of the final report – which should be no later than
seven days after the review.”
The presentation paper
also tells review teams that if asked verbally for information on the
Gateway reviews to include in their reply the fact that they say they
are not “actively published or disclosed”.
One Gateway reviewer said the order to destroy the final reports was “odd and a little sinister”.
More information in The Register.
So much for open and transparent government promised by Gordon Brown. This latest move will destroy the last vestige of trust in both Government and Gordon Brown. A government of secrets.
What is so secret that even MP's cannot know what the government has been building with these IT systems?.
As I said yesterday, No longer a Parliament of the People.
NuLab – Destroying Britain from the inside out.