Archives for April 26th, 2001

LOCAL E-GOVERNMENT NOW

Book News, PublicNet: 26 April, 2001

This report by report by the Improvement and Development Agency and the Society of IT Management identifies pioneer authorities in a “state of the nation” review. The report reveals that a small number of pioneer local authorities are at the leading-edge of the e-revolution in the UK public sector, but that local government as a whole is yet to fully exploit the real potential of e-government. This authoritative assessment of preparations for local e-government in the UK, shows that the majority of authorities will need to move swiftly to emulate these pioneers. Authorities must build on successes found across the country if they are to achieve the transformational change that local e-government requires and meet Government’s target for 100% electronic service delivery by 2005.The report recognises that the local e-government agenda is increasingly being addressed by local authorities, with 220 involved in expressions of interest in DETR’s Local Government Online Pathfinder competition and 77% of authorities having developed or in the process of developing local e-government strategies.Published by Improvement and Development Agency, at 75 pounds. IDeA, 76-86 Turnmill Street, London EC1M 5LG. Tel:020 7296 6818. Fax: 020 7296 6849. Email: fred.baron@idea.gov.uk

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POST MORTEM REVEALS WHY PROBATION SERVICE COMPUTER SYSTEM FAILED

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 April, 2001

The National Audit Office post mortem on the inability of the Probation Service to deliver a reliable computer system reveals that a lack of leadership was the primary cause of failure. During the seven year life of the project there were seven project managers. A key element of the guidance on the development of large IT systems issued last year is that a senior responsible owner should take total responsibility and the NAO report shows that this advice came much too late to save the development from disaster.Another feature of the new guidance is that major projects should be subject to strict tests along the development path before being allowed to pass through the gateway to the next stage. If this requirement had been in force it is unlikely that the project would have passed through many gateways. .

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FRONTLINE ORGANIZATIONS GET GREATER POWER IN HEALTH SERVICE REFORM

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 April, 2001

Health Minister Alan Milburn has published plans to trim the top tiers of health service administration and devolve more power to primary care trusts. This move follows the trend in other parts of the public sector where power is moving away from Whitehall and passing down to the sharp end. Primary care trusts will join with local strategic partnerships and neighbourhood managers to form a local power base which responds to the needs of people in the area.The lever of power will move downwards by giving primary care trusts 75 percent of the NHS budget. They will decide on how the budget will be spent between GP surgeries, local hospitals and other local services.

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