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Miracles happen: a transparent gov't dashboard
Failed government projects often remain hidden behind layers of bureaucratic obfuscation, only to be revealed after an agency has wasted substantial time and money. Given this, imagine my surprise upon learning of a state agency providing the public with genuine transparency and openness with web-based, real-time project status reporting.
UK National Identity Scheme (NIS): "Costly white elephant"
Chalk up another massive IT problem for Her Majesty's government in the UK. According to InterGovWorld and the Financial Times, the UK has bidding has opened on a controversial multi-billion pound identity card program called the National Identity Scheme (NIS).
A report by the Work Foundation in the UK is sharply critical of public sector ICT (information and communication technology) projects, saying that “too much recklessness blights government IT projects.”The press release includes the following tidbits:Contrary to the stereotype, public sector managers have sometimes been too gung-ho in their attitude to risk when developing and implementing information technology projects, wasting many millions of pounds of taxpayer’s money in the process.
INTERVIEW: Lydia Segal on Government Waste and Corruption
Some of the most dramatic examples of IT-related waste can be seen in public sector projects. To get a handle on why government projects are so problematic, I spoke with Lydia Segal, one of the nation’s foremost experts on waste and corruption in public schools.