Parliamentary inquiry into Government use of IT

So I’ve been busy over the last few days helping with the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee‘s inquiry into the way in which Government develops and implements technology policy. So this is just a quick factual summary of the latest sessions.

Yesterday was a mix of local government (Westminster, Suffolk and SOCITM) and central government (DWP and HMRC), with details here and a video of the session here (at least until it had to go into private session).

This was an opportunity for Westminster City Council and SOCITM to expand on their previous written evidence (Westminster’s is here and SOCITM’s is here).

Some interesting evidence was provided about how local government approaches IT, including its management of the market and suppliers. Amongst other topics discussed, SOCITM committed to submit additional follow-up written evidence to the Committee about the benchmarking and claimed lower unit costs of IT in local government compared to central.

And then the inquiry moved onto central government (c. 11.31 on the video timeline).

Again, a useful session during which several follow-up notes were promised to the Committee, including details of the benchmarking of comparative unit costs of standard products in HMRC and DWP compared to similar organisations. Such figures should enable the Committee to compare local and central government unit costs, and indeed compare them with other similar scale organisations and/or installations.

And then today the Committee heard from the largest supplier of IT services to government, HP. Details here.

The video from today is here. HP has also previously submitted written evidence, so this was an opportunity for them to elaborate upon it with the Committee. As with local and central government, several follow-up notes were promised to provide more factual evidence into the inquiry.

Some more sessions to come by the look of it, more details here and/or on twitter (@ntouk) when they’re confirmed on the Parliamentary website.

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