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Government IT is 'appalling' and wastes 'an obscene amount of public money', say MPs

Computer Weekly - The UK government sometimes pays 10 times as much as the standard commercial rate for IT projects, is overly reliant on an oligopoly of major suppliers, and "urgently" needs to rebuild its in-house IT skills to reduce the dependence on outsourcing, according to a scathingly critical report by MPs.

An inquiry by the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) into government IT strategy found the current approach to technology has led to a "perverse situation" in which successive governments have "wasted an obscene amount of public money".

The report described government's record in developing and implementing new IT systems as "appalling".

In a series of criticisms and related recommendations, the PASC inquiry said: