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

 


Dunne: Labour Off The Mark on IRD computer tender


Hon Peter Dunne
Minister of Revenue

Friday 30 November 2012 Media Statement

Dunne: Labour Off The Mark on IRD computer tender

Labour Revenue spokesman David Clark is making a habit of going off half-cocked, with the latest example of his comments on the tender process for updating Inland Revenue’s computer system, Revenue Minister Peter Dunne said today.

“Yet again it is a case of ‘Ready! Fire! Aim!’ from Dr Clark,” Mr Dunne said.

“He needs to gather his facts and then see if they align to his very obvious political intentions before shooting from the lip.”

The Registration of Interest document outlined the mandatory criteria which were entirely appropriate in that they reflected the skills and expertise required to undertake a transformation of this scale and complexity.

“Dr Clark seems determined not to understand this is not just an IT system upgrade, but a much wider business transformation programme that will include the modernisation of all of Inland Revenue’s business processes.”

“For that reason alone he should surely appreciate that this is far more serious than his once-over-lightly cute sound-bite approach.”

“It is vital that Inland Revenue has access to the best expertise and skills available.”

“I also want to make very clear that the ROI and RFP procurement process was developed and managed by Inland Revenue with no involvement from Capgemini.”
The procurement process that Inland Revenue has undertaken was to secure services for the planning phases only.

“The purpose of the ROI was to identify companies or consortiums regardless of where they were based, that had the capacity and capability to provide the services necessary for the planning phase of Inland Revenue’s transformation programme.”

Mr Dunne said that despite Dr Clark’s surprise, Inland Revenue had no expectation of how many businesses, including New Zealand-based business, would register their interest either individually or as part of a consortium.

“It would defeat the purpose of an ROI for Inland Revenue to have preconceptions of which entities might meet the mandatory requirements, and it is somewhat naïve to think otherwise,” Mr Dunne said.

“The mandatory requirements do not exclude New Zealand-based providers from the outset as the opportunity exists for them to either register their interest individually or partner with other companies in New Zealand or elsewhere.”

“That’s business and companies understand it, even if leftie politicians don’t,” Mr Dunne said.

The ROI process was the first stage of the procurement process. As a result of that procurement process Capgemini was selected for that phase of the transformation planning. Capgemini entered into a partnership with a local New Zealand firm, Tenzing, to complement the expertise that Capgemini provided.

“It is inappropriate for Inland Revenue to release information that is under active consideration by the Government – no decisions have yet been made.”

“I will be taking the transformation programme business case to Cabinet early in the new-year. If approved, Inland Revenue will be approaching the market to identify suppliers of design and implementation services,” Mr Dunne said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Inadequate Response To Sexual Violence Prevention

On combatting sexual violence, the government has finally begun to undo some of the problems that were of its own making. Early in March, ACC launched the Integrated Services for Sensitive Claims scheme – a package aimed at improving the attitudes of ACC staff towards sexual violence victims, and offering them more substantive support.

Hopefully, this will help to reverse the damage done with the insensitive, punitive ACC policy put in place by the incoming Key government in 2009, which in some parts of New Zealand, saw 90 per cent of sexual violence victims being turned away by ACC. More>>

 
 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

"To Help Families Get Ahead": April 1 Changes Kick In

Prime Minister John Key says Paid Parental Leave, the parental tax credit, the minimum wage and Superannuation will increase, while average ACC levies will fall, and more people will be helped in to home ownership... More>>

ALSO:

Climate: Ministers Exclude Emissions From ‘Environment Reporting'

The National Party Government has today revealed that the national environmental report topics for this year will, incredibly, exclude New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

No Retrial: Freedom At Last For Teina Pora

The Māori Party is relieved that the Privy Council has cleared the final legal hurdle for Teina Pora who was wrongfully convicted of murder and sent to prison for 22 years. More>>

ALSO:

Germanwings Crash: Privacy Act Supports Aviation Safeguards In New Zealand

Reports that German privacy laws may have contributed to the Germanwings air crash have prompted New Zealand’s Privacy Commissioner to reassure the public that the Privacy Act is no impediment to medical practitioners notifying appropriate authorities to a pilot’s health concerns. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty: Taranaki Iwi Ngāruahine Settles Treaty Claims For $67.5mln

The settlement includes a $13.5 million payment the government made in June 2013, as well as land in the Taranaki region. The settlement also includes four culturally significant sites, the Waipakari Reserve, Te Kohinga Reserve, Te Ngutu o te Manu and Te Poho o Taranaki. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Funeral In Asia, The Northland By-Election, And News Priorities

Supposedly, New Zealand’s destiny lies in Asia, and that was one of Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s rationales for his bungled reforms at MFAT. OK. So, if that’s the case why didn’t Prime Minister John Key attend the state funeral on Sunday of Singapore’s founding leader Lee Kuan Yew? More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf Satire: Not Flag-Waving; Flag-Drowning

The panel choosing the flag options has no visual artists at all. Now, I’ve kerned the odd ligature in my time and I know my recto from my French curve so I thought I’d offer a few suggestions before they get past their depth. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA Reports: Significant Problems In Police Custody

In releasing two reports today, the Independent Police Conduct Authority has highlighted a number of significant problems with the way in which Police deal with people who are detained in Police cells. More>>

ALSO:

Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security: Inquiry Into GCSB Pacific Allegations

The complaints follow recent public allegations about GCSB activities. The complaints, and these public allegations, raise wider questions regarding the collection, retention and sharing of communications data. More>>

ALSO:

TPPA Investment Leak: "NZ Surrender To US" On Corporates Suing Governments

Professor Jane Kelsey: ‘As anticipated, the deal gives foreign investors from the TPPA countries special rights, and the power to sue the government in private offshore tribunals for massive damages if new laws, or even court decisions, significantly affected their bottom line’. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news