Perhaps more a tsunami than a wave judging by the size and speed of the changes proposed by Gershon.
At Intermedium’s very well attended briefing in Canberra last Thursday, Tim Conway and Kevin Noonan provided a very detailed analysis of the Gershon report recommendations, the proposed implementation schedule and the implications for agencies and suppliers if the recommendations contained in the Report are adopted.
One of the key features of the report is the extremely tight implementation schedule proposed by Gershon.
Click here to view the Gershon Report implementation schedule.
As Kevin noted, a significant amount of implementation is proposed before the end of 2008. Assuming Cabinet accepts most of the Report’s recommendations, the Government will need to move very quickly to implement them in the timeframe recommended by Gershon.
And these are not minor issues. For example, Gershon proposes that Finance develop and agree a methodology, a common ICT chart of accounts and a common set of efficiency metrics by October 2008! AGIMO is tasked with creating a Secretaries' ICT Governance Board (SIGB) by November, and Finance and PM&C are expected to establish a Ministerial Committee on ICT, also by November.
By January 2009, the new SIGB is required to have redefined AGIMO’s role, and by June, AGIMO is to have develop effectiveness metrics for ICT.
During the presentation, Kevin provided a succinct summary of the various cycles that impact the Federal Government market – budget cycles (12months), election cycles (3 years) and government cycles (10 years).
He noted the onerous implementation schedule proposed by Gershon would see most of the recommendations implemented before the end of the Rudd Government’s first term in late 2010.