Thursday, December 14, 2006

Huh?

If you employed a builder over a period of years, during which time your house deteriorated so badly that it had to be demolished, would you invite said builder to undertake the reconstruction?

According to Kable:

The organisation which will replace the Child Support Agency (CSA) will continue with the existing contract.

EDS, the current IT provider for the CSA, will stay in the role under the present contract until 2010. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) confirmed the position as it announced that the CSA will be replaced with the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (C-MEC) as a non departmental public body.

The DWP went on to provide some technical detail:
"We envisage a new system will be built to incorporate enforcement. We will probably use bits of the old system and create new bits for the new system and merge them together to create the new simpler system."
How very reassuring - and good to see government so in tune with the recycling zeitgeist.
The IT system has been blamed for severe problems at the CSA and to date has cost around £539m to roll out.

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