Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Government monitoring of major IT projects

11 April 2001 Media Statement

Government monitoring of major IT projects

The Government has strengthened the monitoring regime for major departmental information technology (IT) projects as part of the response to the INCIS project.

State Services Minister Trevor Mallard said the Government wanted to reduce the risk of major IT projects over-running budgets and deadlines, and where there is the potential for over running budgets, get early warning.

The changes were in line with the recommendations of Dr Francis Small¡¦s review of the INCIS project.

¡§The Government is keen to draw on all the lessons of INCIS,¡¨ Trevor Mallard said.

Under the new regime, departments that are managing major IT projects will have to:

„h Establish an agreed programme with the State Services Commission and Treasury (the monitoring agencies) for reporting regularly on risk, including risks in financing, capability, technology, and in effects on the business of the department.

„h Ensure that major projects are consistent with the department¡¦s information systems strategic plan and are supported by a business case and comprehensive project plan.

„h Satisfy monitoring agencies that a suitable risk management process is in place, and that there are contingency plans to deal with emerging risks.

„h Report on any significant change to the criteria, governance, and structures of a major project, or any change in functionality, and test change against business cases.

Trevor Mallard said such practises were already in place for many major IT projects.

"Indeed, the requirements are good business practice. The aim now is to standardise the requirements and support departments in meeting them.


"No organisation, in either the public or the private sector, can ever guarantee that major IT projects will be completed perfectly. Risk is implicit in any capital project. But our aim is to better support departments that are running projects, and provide the means to anticipate problems, while allowing them to manage their own business and remain accountable for their decisions.

¡§Under the updated regime, the risks of any project are more likely to be explicit. As well, the regime should give Ministers and chief executives a clear picture of the potential problems before they proceed and as the project unfolds,¡¨ Trevor Mallard said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

New Reports: Flood Risk From Rain And Sea Under Climate Change

One report looks at what would happen when rivers are flooded by heavy rain and storms, while the other examines flooding exposure in coastal and harbour areas and how that might change with sea-level rise.

Their findings show that across the country almost 700,000 people and 411,516 buildings worth $135 billion are presently exposed to river flooding in the event of extreme weather events...

There is near certainty that the sea will rise 20-30 cm by 2040. By the end of the century, depending on whether global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, it could rise by between 0.5 to 1.1 m, which could add an additional 116,000 people exposed to extreme coastal storm flooding. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On The Commerce Commission Fuel Report

The interim Commerce Commission report on the fuel industry will do nothing to endear the major oil companies to the New Zealand public... More>>

ALSO:

Emergency Govt Bill: Overriding Local Licensing For The Rugby

“It’s pretty clear some clubs are having difficulty persuading their district licensing committees to grant a special licence to extend their hours for this obviously special event, and so it makes sense for Parliament to allow clubs to meet a community desire." More>>

ALSO:

Leaving Contract Early: KiwiBuild Programme Losing Another Top Boss

Ms O'Sullivan began a six-month contract as head of KiwiBuild Commercial in February, but the Housing Ministry has confirmed she has resigned and will depart a month early to take up a new job. More>>

ALSO:

Proposed National Policy Statement: Helping Our Cities Grow Up And Out

“We need a new approach to planning that allows our cities to grow up, especially in city centres and around transport connections. We also have to allow cities to expand in a way that protects our special heritage areas, the natural environment and highly productive land." More>>

ALSO:

Ombudsman's Report: Ngāpuhi Elder 'Shocked' By Conditions At Ngawha Prison

A prominent Ngāpuhi elder is shocked to find inmates at Ngawha Prison are denied water and forced to relieve themselves in the exercise yard... Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has released a report highly critical of conditions at the Northland prison. More>>

ALSO:

Promises: Independent Election Policy Costing Unit A Step Closer

The creation of an entity to provide political parties with independent and non-partisan policy costings is a step closer today, according to Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Associate Finance Minister James Shaw. More>>

ALSO:

School's In: Primary And Intermediate Principals Accept New Offer

Primary and intermediate school principals have voted to accept a new settlement from the Ministry of Education, which includes entrenched pay parity with secondary principals. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA On 'Rawshark' Investigation: Multiple Police Failings In Hager Searches Confirmed

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the Police's unlawful search of Nicky Hager's property in October 2014 resulted from an unwitting neglect of duty and did not amount to misconduct by any individual officer... More>>

ALSO:

Broadcasting Standards: Decisions On Coverage Of Mosque Attacks

The Authority upheld one of these complaints, finding that the use of extensive excerpts from the alleged attacker’s livestream video on Sky News New Zealand had the potential to cause significant distress to audiences in New Zealand, and particularly to the family and friends of victims, and the wider Muslim community. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels