Waste In Government Expenditure

The previous Government used to get upset when we suggested that there was waste in Government expenditure.  They should have listened harder.  There are two good examples in today’s Dominion Post.  At local government level we have have an inquiry having to be called in Auckland because the Auckland Regional Council put ratepayer money into the football game played at the weekend by LA Galaxy.  Why was a Council putting any money into this type of venture?  Is this core Council business?

Second we read about an inquiry having to be called by the SSC into its relations between a contractor and the SSC over the Government Shared Network project. 

We pointed out to the previous Government that they should be paying particular scrutiny to the area of Government IT expenditure when it was revealed last year that expenditure across departments was over $1 billion a year. 

Total government operating expenditure on information and communication technology (ICT) was $1.1 billion, and total capital expenditure was $0.6 billion in the 2006 financial year.

Personally I believe that it would be possible to halve that expenditure (freeing up $500 million a year) without many people noticing that anything had changed.

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3 Responses to “Waste In Government Expenditure”

  1. adamsmith1922 Says:

    In my view there is waste, perhaps not $500 million, but there are many areas were savings could and should be made and not just in IT

  2. insider Says:

    MAybe they should tender for the management of the whole of govt IT and see what it flushes out. Offer a large percentage of every million saved with similar penalities for service not delivered and offer it over time to encourage longer term entrenched savings not just short term slashing.

    I’m sure there could be some significant savings from standardisation of common platforms and processes. Why no single payroll system for govt?

  3. adamsmith1922 Says:

    Cynically you might say that it provides employment for competing vendors.

    At the very least common systems for sectors should be looked at

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