Research: government is wasting billions with ICT




The Dutch government is wasting one to five billion euros annually with ICT projects. According to research by a parliamentary committee. According to the committee, the government knows too little of ICT and ICT projects not under control.

House of Representatives According to the inquiry, headed by VVD MP Ton Elias, the waste of one to five billion unacceptably high amount. It remains to estimate, because it is not clear how much the government spends on ICT at all.

The waste is caused partly because the government does not have ICT projects under control and too little of ICT know. As a result, the ambitions are not realized, writes the parliamentary committee. Moreover, the government does not learn from mistakes made.

The government ignores the committee often the expertise of its suppliers, while the ICT knowledge a lot more to know than the government itself. If the supplier government warns of ‘avoidable problems “- something that the committee takes few – those warnings are often ignored.

According to the committee prevails’ ICT enthusiasm “in politics where ICT is seen as the solution to all problems. Ministers make commitments without even thinking whether it is feasible to perform. Those Even the House is to blame: asking for without realizing that “ICT is almost always necessary” policy. Moreover, in the House prevails a lack of interest in ICT and there are too few MPs who know enough of ICT.

According to the Commission, the government should ‘substantially’ action to get it. Ict waste under control For example, a “ICT authority” would temporarily be set up with the name Bureau ICT test, which determines whether an ICT project succeed. Projects which ICT plays a role and that have more than five million budget, should only be carried out only with the approval of the committee believes the commission.


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