Top official ICT research may themselves involved in conflicts of interest’




A senior official of the Ministry of Security and Justice, which was investigating possible conflicts of interests between officials and ICT consultants, maintained itself relations with the consultants. Reported NRC Handelsblad. The ministry qualifies the allegation.

The top official is deputy secretary-general of the ministry and therefore responsible for the computerization of the department, writes NRC Handelsblad. She led a working group to counter potential conflicts of interest at the ministry. Following were critical questions about the research program Zembla.

While the Secretary-General to consider whether there were unauthorized links between legal professionals and consultants, they organized themselves with two ICT advisors a two-day event. That followed another concert on Schiermonnikoog, early last year, which allegedly knowledge between officials and market participants was transferred.

A professor of administrative ethics tells the newspaper that he finds it irresponsible that the top official led the investigation, failure to maintain links with the market. However, the officer defended himself in the newspaper arguing that his business contacts, and no friends. Moreover, others go according to her contracts with ICT companies.

The Ministry of Security and Justice differentiates the allegations of NRC Handelsblad. In a press release writes that it is necessary to maintain links with the market as the next few years ‘complex ICT issues’ to be resolved. The market help the government logically from there. According to the Department qualified several top officials of the event as appropriate within the integrity rules and purchasing. ”

Incidentally says the ministry after the Zembla broadcast that large IT companies it accused them of fraud alleged to have committed in the procurement of ICT projects in government, has taken action. There are studies involving been an independent party that looked at whether there was a ‘broad interpretation’ of the integrity rules. That was not the case.

Moreover, as is further to make the message of the ministry, ACM was investigating the alleged abuses, but concluded the market watchdog that there had to be no follow-up investigation. In addition, the National Audit Office still keeps an eye or the acceptance of certain gifts and accepting invitations affects the integrity.

The Ministry of Security and Justice has since 2013 sought contact with over sixty ICT suppliers. These included about Oracle, Quint, Fox-IT, Gartner, Microsoft, Atos and Sogeti. There were three meetings where the Ministry was in his own words express the political and administrative priorities. These included external sprekens, like Google, Marketingfacts and The ministry has Saturday put a list online of all knowledge and held information sessions with ICT companies.

Insofar as there seems to be no link between the possible conflict of interests between officials and ICT consultants and the fact that many ICT projects in government have failed. The latter problem is trying to overcome the government now known as the Bureau of ICT review. That started this month and assesses whether projects over 5 million euro to meet certain requirements.

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