Speaking during last week's e-commerce week, Cabinet Office minister Ian McCartney said: 'In past years, too many projects have run into difficulties. We need to implement and use IT systems efficiently and effectively to maximise the benefits of IT to the public.' It's been a bad year for government IT, with projects at the Passport Agency, Child Support Agency and Prison Service among those hitting the rocks. This is not the first attempt to improve matters, but William Heath, chairman of public sector IT specialist Kable, sees encouragement in the fact that it involves more than one Government department. Chief Secretary to the Treasury Andrew Smith officially 'welcomed' the initiative and the team is supposed to 'work closely with' e-minister Patricia Hewitt and newly-appointed e-envoy Alex Allan. 'The sign here is that Ministers are ready to work across boundaries to achieve a co-ordinated approach, so let's trust that officials can do so as well,' Heath says.
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