Risk is an interesting conundrum. Risk plus unions an even more interesting one.
Keeping track of the cheques and (bank) balances in government IT is a big job -- fortunately, when we asked Suzanne Tindal if she could take up the challenge, she said "Yes I Can."
Suzanne Tindal cut her teeth at ZDNet.com.au as the site's telecommunications reporter, a role that saw her break some of the biggest stories associated with the National Broadband Network process. She then turned her attention to all matters in government and corporate ICT circles. Now she's taking on the whole gamut as news editor for the site.
The person who carefully makes sure that information systems processes are in place to reduce the risk of inconsistencies in a database of employees with security clearance is probably feeling very let down right now.
I was pleased to see that the Australian National Audit Office last month released a better practice guide for human resources system implementations.
It's funny watching the parallels between the health identifier program and the human services consolidation.
I found the advice from the inspector-general of taxation, that the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) should avoid long, fixed-cost projects where one vendor has the reins, to be a bit short-sighted.
I found it interesting that despite such a terrible start, the Western Australian Government has won an award for its shared services program.
After reading pages and pages of the government's personally controlled e-health record draft plan of operations, I can't help feeling like we're on a freight train that's either heading towards a cliff or doesn't have an engine anymore.
Completing a cost-benefit analysis for data retention would be an exercise in sorting levels of grey that would result in a collective headache.
Last week Prime Minister Julia Gillard made it clear in a speech that the government would be counting its pennies in the next budget to drag the budget into surplus, natural disasters or no.
There's a terrible hypocrisy in spending an enormous amount of money to keep people boxed in detention on an island off the coast when others are coming through by hacking into a system.
Today the Federal Government asked for suggestions on how agencies could better protect citizens' online information.
The Tasmanian Police is using long-term contracts to justify expensive training for its cyber cops.
Victoria's recently announced review of speed cameras had me think about trust. We need technology to make society manageable given the high number of people living on the planet. But how do we know it's doing its job right?
The recent spate of data breaches has made me long for data breach laws like a pregnant woman craves pickles.
After reading the changes to open-source policy released by the government today, I couldn't help thinking that getting a greater percentage of open-source software into government is going to be just as difficult as getting more Australian-grown smaller scale companies supplying government.