The establishment of a new IT unit within NSW Health may be imminent, according to contracts published on the NSW eTendering website. The Department has contracted KPMG for the provision of ‘professional services to deliver the establishment of eHealth NSW’ at a cost of $323,138. The contract expires on 31 March 2012.
Tony Andersen has become the newest Chief Information Officer at the Australian Research Council (ARC), having commenced work in the position on 1 February 2012.
Warren King has been permanently appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer for the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), after acting in the position since July 2011. He replaced Dr Stephen Gumley at the head of DMO.
Also at DMO, Simon Lewis has assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer.
IT News reports that the Department of Health and Ageing has commenced a roll-out of virtual desktops, with the assistance of IBM and utilising VMware technology.
The Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has complained to the Senate Estimates Committee that the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner will not be able to absorb budget cuts incurred under the latest Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO), as reported by ZD Net.
Litigation over the failed T-Card electronic ticketing system has finally come to a close, with the NSW Transport Department dropping a claim of $70 million against the contractor, and the contractor in turn dropping its $200 million claim against the Department. In 2011, the NSW Auditor-General reported that the NSW Government had spent more than $17 million on fighting the case.
The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that the cost of the redesign of the Australian Parliament House website has reached $3.1 million. The budget blow-out is partially attributed to increased security testing following an attempt to hack into the site by the group Anonymous.
And on a lighter note, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released a contract for the temporary hire of a software developer to work on the creatively named Project PACMAN, which as far as Intermedium can gather has nothing to do with retro video games and everything to do with assessing protected information within the agency.