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MPs Called Criminal Tracking Plan “A Shambles”

A group of MPs have slammed the UK’s offender tracking IT system for wasting a huge amount of taxpayer’s money, primarily owing to the way it has been rolled out.

The National Accounts Committee has lambasted the National Offender Management Information System, or simply ‘C-NOMIS’, which has been tailored to track the criminals.

In a rather blunt verdict, the Committee described the system as “a shambles”, and a classic example of “how not to develop a project”.

According to the MPs, the project had not even managed the minimum level of competence in its planning as well as execution, eventually leading to a massive extravaganza and waste.

The Committee estimated that around a massive £41 million have already been wasted because of persistent delays and cost overruns.

“The scale and complexity of what had to be delivered were underestimated; a culture of over-optimism held sway, not subject to rigorous and sceptical challenge; costs were grossly underestimated”, said the Chairman of the Committee Edward Leigh in a statement.

He further pinpointed lack of capacity among senior officials, as well as huge dependability on some key individuals, as the main factors contributing to making the system a complete mess.

Kicked off back in 2004, the project had an initial budget of £234 million, but it was discarded a couple of years back when its budget surpassed £700 million mark.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.