The Guardian reports that the government is paying up to 10 times more for IT projects than the standard commercial rate.
The public administration select committee (PASC) found ministers were "overly reliant" on a few large suppliers, resulting in the waste of an "obscene amount of public money".
Is HMRC being ripped off?
Well, judge for yourselves:
"The Aspire contract between HMRC and Capgemini covers a 13 year period and was originally valued at £2.8 billion. This contract is a case study of what is wrong with the present procurement culture. Such a large contract is too complex to manage. The assessment of costs and benefits is opaque and it commits too much power and money to a single supplier."
Source Government and IT- "A Recipe For Rip-Offs": Time For A New Approach
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