While thinking about how an ID database might be designed, implemented and rolled out with a budget of £3.1bn I decided to have a look into the government’s track record on IT projects.
If you find any more government IT failures out there do add them here, I suggest limiting to failures of the UK government for now as otherwise this page could quickly become unmanageable.
|May 2001, Payroll system not delivered 9 years late|
|Company||McDonnell Douglas Information Systems|
|Department||Department of Finance and Personnel|
|2001, MoD Computers hacked ‘at least’ 48 times|
|Department||Ministry of Defence|
|2002, Government website hands out money to ‘fraudsters’|
|Department||Department for Education and Skills|
|November 2004, 80,000 Staff Unable to process new pensions|
|Company||Microsoft & Electronic Data Systems (EDS)|
|Department||Department for Work and Pensions|
|Cost||unknown, but the support contract costs £2bn annually|
|November 2004, Police in England & Wales unable to use fingerprint system NAFIS for over a week.|
|Company||Northrop Grumman (TRW at time of implementation)|
|Department||Police Information Technology Organisation (public-body)|
|Cost||Implementation cost £88m|
|May 2006, 18,300 MOT testing centres disrupted by technical problems with MOT system delivered 4 years late.|
|Company||Siemens Business Services|
|Department||Ministry of Transport|
|Cost||Implementation cost: £230mCompensation cost: unknown|
Gov computer stuff
Corporate identity – new scandal over ID cards Has a list of Government IT Failures.