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Government Scrutinises IT Projects & Contracts to Find &poun

Government Scrutinises IT Projects & Contracts to Find &poun

In an attempt to make the £95m of savings which the Government announced last month, every IT project in central government is being reviewed and renegotiated.

Francis Maude, Cabinet Office minister has stated that departments, agencies and non-departmental government bodies have all been asked to review IT projects to reduce costs.

In a response to a written parliamentary answer from Labour MP Iain Wright, he stated, "Each project will need to be reviewed individually to ascertain if the project should be stopped, reshaped or continue."

Once it has been decided which projects will be kept, the government will need to start a contract renegotiation exercise with suppliers.

Maude has said that individual targets for each contract have not been defined as "each would need to be individually reviewed and negotiated".

However, one thing is certain - that serious costs will need to be cut throughout the Governments IT departments and these savings will have to come from somewhere.

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