A new report from the National Audit Office (NAO) has called on the Home Office to save an estimated £86,000 per civil service post by cutting the use of consultants.
The Home Office: Management of Major Projects report states that the department is still "heavily reliant on contractors and consultants" who currently fill over 30 per cent of roles on major project teams.
The assessment comes despite the fact that the Home Office was warned of this over-reliance in a Capability Review by the NAO in 2006.
The report recognised that there is "no central planning at the portfolio level of resource allocation" at the department, and recommended the Home Office to gain "a comprehensive overview of staff skill sets" to improvement its deployment of internal staff across projects.
The Home Office is further criticised in the NAO report for not keeping centralised records comparing output with initial estimates, leaving the department unable to demonstrate that "it has improved the management of its major projects in terms of performance against time and cost".
Other recommendations called on the Home office to improve its use and collection of data to avoid the "risk that the Home Office board will not have the accurate information it needs to make strategic decisions affecting the management of major projects".
The department was also criticised for failing to "quantify risk, risk appetite or place a financial value on mitigating risk in project risk registers ". Improvements are necessary so that the Home Office can make "better value for money decisions about the spread of risk across its portfolio".
The Home Office is currently managing over 30 major projects with a combined estimated lifetime cost of £15bn. The report looked at six of these projects, including e-borders, the National Identity scheme and Olympic safety and security.
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