Report says Government IT projects are improving – but some remain in doubt

The annual report from the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) has given eight of the government’s major technology and IT projects a amber/red warning – but none have been ranked in the red category.

An amber/red warning equates to the project’s “successful delivery being in doubt”, one step up from red which means “successful delivery appears to be unachievable”.

Last year, the Home Office’s Oracle enterprise resource planning (ERP) system and the Department for Transport’s (DfT) move to the Cabinet Office’s shared service centre were rated red. The ERP project has since been relaunched, while the DfT project is now rated amber following its repurposing last year.

Among the eight projects rated as amber/red are the troubled and recently delayed HMRCs’ making tax digital for business programme, and a pair of Ministry of Justice projects, namely the shared services initiative and future IT sourcing programme. The Home Office digital services at the border and national law enforcement data programmes are also listed, as is the health and social care network initiative driven by the Department for Health.

The government has successfully completed a number of projects during the last year such as DCMS’s Super Connected Cities Programme, which enabled an extra 42,500 small business across the UK to have access to faster broadband.

The full report can be found here.

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