Central and local government IT projects don't have the greatest track record. Time and again they are plagued by delays and contract wrangles and waste huge amounts of money on plans that never see the light of day.
The latest is the long-running e-Borders initiative, the cost of which has passed £1bn despite being late and delivering few of the promised benefits. So V3 has put together a top 10 of some of the worst government projects. Read it and weep.
10. Surrey Police takes four years to realise project is not realistic
If prizes were handed out for taking four years to realise that a project was overambitious, and then finding something that costs less to implement and is actually fit for purpose, one would go to Surrey Police.
A project to build a system to log crime information was launched in 2009 at a cost of £15m. Four years later, the Surrey Integrated Reporting Enterprise Network (Siren) was abandoned.
Why? Because the project was "not fit for purpose", according to a report by auditors Grant Thornton.
It was an "ambitious project that was beyond the in-house capabilities and experience" of the organisation, the auditors said.
Siren was used from 31 March 2013 and the money was spent on staff, training, software, technology and consultancy.
To make matters worse, the system was replaced with a less costly solution which is now used by 13 other forces. Surrey Police chief constable Kevin Hurley called last year for former chief constable Mark Rowley to take responsibility for the failure.
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