I had a contact from an insider in Government today - no names and no packdrill!
Here is what I was told.
Many in the public sector are quite aware of the mess DoHA/NEHTA are in but are powerless to do anything meaningful about it. Public Sector accountability rules do not let Finance/AGIMO do much else than insist on agencies following the government's procurement rules. AGIMO is not empowered to ask if what an agency is doing will work. The Gateway review process is not much help - it's too much self-assessment.
ANAO tend to follow along after the event and do post implementation reviews. They don't often get involved in "in-flight" projects. They also don't have the technical ability to make value judgements.
The Senate hearings are mostly about politics and the reports will be on party lines. It's always been like this and probably always will be.
I'm afraid neither AGIMO nor ANAO can do much to stop the train wreck from happening. Health and NEHTA will probably redefine...
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