Sir Peter Gershon who is leading the independent review of the Government use and management of ICT, is back in Canberra this week. He is scheduled to meet again with companies and agencies before he starts drafting his report.
Sir Peter will be in Australia for the remainder of August, and is due to hand his report to Lindsay Tanner at the end of the month.
Based in the UK, this is Sir Peter's second visit in relation to the wide-ranging review of the Federal Government's use of IT. He was last in Australia at the end of June to meet with heads of key agencies, industry representatives and the Board of AIIA, as well as the Review Secretariat within AGIMO.
A significant recent development in relation to the review has been the inclusion of the Department of Defence, a surprising omission from the original list of agencies to be scrutinised. Defence’s CIO Group recently made a submission to the review.
According to Intermedium's database of Federal government ICT contracts, Defence is currently responsible for around 25% of the Federal Government ICT market, (in some years it has been nearer to 40% of the market). The exclusion of Defence would therefore have undoubtedly compromised the effectiveness of the Gershon review.