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        Bob B

        As for our government and IT, try these reports from the leading weekly computer mag for professionals:

        The Criminal Records Bureau faced more criticism last week after it emerged that almost 200 people applying for public sector jobs were mistakenly identified as having criminal records because of glitches in the bureau’s £250m IT system. [April 2004]

        A new IT system at the Criminal Records Bureau will cost the taxpayer £150m more than originally planned - an increase from the £68m overspend published in February - according to the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee.

        The system, which was meant to speed up the process of responding to employers’ staff vetting requests, is now expected to cost £395m over the 10 years of the contract. Glitches with systems built by outsourcing supplier Capita and unforeseen changes to business processes in the bureau contributed to the overspend. [November 2004]

        The UK has slipped in the world e-government rankings, according to the latest research from IT services and consulting group Accenture.

        In its sixth annual e-government survey, Accenture ranked the UK 10th out of 22 countries for 2004. In 2003, using slightly different methodology, the UK was placed in eighth position, a fall from sixth in 2002. [April 2005]

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