Despite praising the government's progress following the release of its ICT strategy in March, a National Audit Office (NAO) report has identified several areas in which the government needs to improve.
The NAO report, Implementing the government ICT strategy: six-month review, said the following measures need to be in place to ensure the government's plan doesn't fall behind schedule:
"This [outlining that there are concerns] does not imply a lack of attention on the part of those involved, but reflects the ambition the government has for the pace of change," said the report.
"These concerns can be dealt with but need to be addressed in the short term if they are not to become significant barriers to progress," it added.
The NAO report also stated that if the ICT strategy is to deliver a lasting legacy for the public and business, it should address the following areas:
Amyas Morse, head of the NAO, also reiterated the point that ICT is central to the government's plan to deliver cost savings.
"ICT is going to play an increasingly important role in changing the way government works and how services are provided. The government's ICT strategy is in its early days and initial signs are good.
"However, new ways of working are as dependent on developing the skills of people in the public sector as they are on changes to technology and processes. The big challenge is to ensure the strategy delivers value in each of these areas," she said in a statement.
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