[LINK] Gershon report made public
brd at iimetro.com.au
Thu Oct 16 20:06:11 EST 2008
I've only had a quick look at the report and it's quite predictable.
It's all about procurement and reducing the cost of technology. I can't
find anything about using Information Systems to improve government
service delivery. Rather sad really.
Governments come and governments go but the econocrats live on.
Gershon report made public
October 16, 2008
Peter Gershon, the head of Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner's ICT razor
gang, has recommended a "major program of administrative reform and
cultural change" to slash costs across the $16 billion annual computer
and communications spend by federal government agencies.
Sir Peter, who earned a knighthood and reputation as a toe-cutter for
his reform of the British public sector under Tony Blair, says a
"business as usual" approach to IT funding is masking inefficiencies,
while agency control over spending decisions has led to fragmentation
and duplication of ICT infrastructure.
His recommendations include creating a whole of government master plan
for data centres with the aim of saving a $1 billion over 10 years;
forcing large agencies with ICT spends of more than $20 million a year
(excluding Defence) to reduce their business-as-usual ICT budgets by 15
percent a year and smaller agencies by 7.5 percent.
Sir Peter believes these reductions would deliver savings of $140
million in the first year and $400 million a year in subsequent years.
He recommends reinvesting half of the savings into a central fund to
improve efficiency through strategies such as legacy system replacement
"The current model is very close to treating federal government agencies
as though they were independent private sector entities," Sir Peter sai.
"The agencies are, however, very different in a number of aspects.
"They are funded by the taxpayer, they cannot go bankrupt, they have
very little or nothing of the 'time = money' dynamic of the private
sector, and they have no simple bottom line outcomes against which their
success or failure can be measured."
Sir Peter recommends establishing a Ministerial Committee on ICT to be
responsible for a new whole-of-government approach to policies and
procurement, as well as an overall strategic vision for how IT and
communications should support the Government's wider agenda.
Mr Tanner said the Rudd Government had decided to release the report
ahead of formal Cabinet consideration.
"The proposed model details seven critical areas where we can gain
greater benefits from, and improve the effectiveness of, our ICT
investments," he said.
"Without pre-empting Cabinet's consideration, the report forms an
excellent basis for implementing a series of changes."
Mr Tanner said the Government would respond to the report "in the near
The Gershon review can be found at
www.finance.gov.au/publications/ict-review/index.html or the PDF version
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