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


Shared services debacle indictment on Government

Shared services debacle indictment on Government

The Auditor-General’s damning report on the establishment of the Central Agencies Shared Services is a serious rebuke for the State Services Minister, says Labour’s State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street.

“The audit of Central Agencies Shared Services (CASS) not only found there was not enough clarity about what it was set up to achieve, but baseline data was inadequate, best practice was not followed and there were weaknesses in governance and management. It also found consultation was poor and skilled people were lost, all of which led to low morale.

“It is hard to imagine how much worse it could have been.

“These were three agencies which make up, by their own description, the ‘Corporate Centre’ of government: the Treasury, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the State Services Commission. These are some of our most critical parts of government and they have not got it right.

“Far from showing leadership to other public sector agencies on how to achieve gains in shared service delivery, CASS has shown other departments exactly how NOT to do things.

“State Services Minister Jonathan Coleman should take responsibility. Instead he’s hung Treasury out to dry. Why wasn’t he watching this more closely? Millions of dollars have been spent on this debacle when it was meant to demonstrate how millions could be saved.

“Shared services are not new; neither is incompetence. This audit has revealed a hopeless combination of the two. Jonathan Coleman should rethink the process and own up to his inadequacy here,” Maryan Street says.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Q+A Transcript: Groser ‘Not Expecting’ Failure At UN Climate Talks

‘I will be very surprised if we don’t get an agreement. I think it’s a completely different situation to Copenhagen for a number of reasons. We’ve got a much more realistic negotiating proposal on the table. Secondly, I think the science has strengthened...’ More>>


Greenpeace Protest:

Climate Talks, Immigration And Housing: PM's Post Cabinet Press Conference

Prime Minister John Key began by talking about his recent attendance at the APEC and ASEAN summits. He segued neatly from the opportunities available in Vietnam to outlining his upcoming itinerary which includes Malta, Paris and Berlin. More>>


After Urgent Law Change: Beneficiaries Urged To Act Immediately

I am hoping that thousands more people will be enabled to lodge their review... people without internet, who don't even realise that this has been happening. If just a fraction of the people on facebook can help others to put in reviews tomorrow it could improve so many more peoples Christmas. More>>


Auckland: Phil Goff To Run For Mayor In 2016

Phil Goff has today announced his decision to stand as an Independent candidate for Mayor of Auckland next year... As Mayor, Phil Goff will focus on a number of issues that directly impact on the lives of Aucklanders, including tackling traffic congestion and increasing the housing supply. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Mike Moore To Step Down As US Ambassador

Yvonne and I are giving notice to MFAT that we will be leaving the Post just before Christmas on the 16th December... I am now the longest serving continuous Ambassador to the US. I didn’t seek this job but felt I should do it because great issues were at stake. The time was ripe for it. More>>


Fox Glacier: Seven Dead In Helicopter Crash

The operation to recover the victims of Saturday’s helicopter crash at Fox Glacier is a technically challenging task calling for specialist skills in an unforgiving environment, says operation commander Inspector John Canning. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news