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Departmental ICT

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) original expected cost, (b) original expected delivery date, (c) actual cost incurred and (d) actual delivery date was of each ICT project undertaken and completed by his Department in each year since 1997; who the contractors for each project were; what the (i) initial estimated and (ii) outturn payment to each contractor was; and if he will make a statement. (251145)

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was created in June 2001. Prior to that, the provision of detailed project information was the responsibility of different departments and agencies.

Although the DWP does not have any discrete IT projects, it has a number of projects and programmers that include changes to, or new enabling, IT to a greater or lesser extent.

At present the Department has over 200 change projects, a number of which have an IT element which is critical to the success of the project. The number of projects in train at any one time will vary and the duration of the project lifecycle is usually more than one calendar year.

Information on projects that completed more than 4 years ago could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The information requested in relation to contractor payments is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The following table shows:

Completed projects where the IT element supported the development and/or implementation of services that underpin the delivery of departmental business;

the original expected and actual investment costs of these projects;

the original expected delivery date and the actual delivery date where appropriate;

the main IT contractors involved in delivering the project.

Table 1: completed projects

Project

Original expected costs (i) (£ million rounded)

Actual costs of project (ii) (£ million rounded)

Original expected delivery date (iii)

Actual deliver/date (iv)

Main IT contractors (v)

Pensions Forecasting

72

75

April 2003

July 2005

Accord and Affinity (EDS consortium)

WATCh 2

56

52

October 2006

October 2006

IBM and EDS

State Pension Deferral Project

7

6

April 2006

April 2006

Accenture

Real Time Pensions Forecasts(RTPF)— Strategic Alignment

1

1

February 2007

May 2007

Accenture and EDS

Resource Management

96

207

April 2005

April 2007

Oracle, Fujitsu and EDS

Customer Management System(previously known as Working Age Services Modernisation Project (WASMP)

252

268

April 2008

April 2008

IBM and EDS

HR IS/IT Programme

63

52

March 2006

March 2006

EDS

Centralisation of Benefit Processing

140

118

March 2008

March 2008

BT and EDS

Provider-Led Pathways to Work

17

10

April 2008

April 2008

EDS

DWPIT Transformation Programme (inc TREDSS & ICONS)

169

155

July 2008

December 2008

BT and EDS

Fraud Referrals and Interventions Management System

12

30

October 2007

June 2008

IBM and EDS