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How much IT can you buy for AU$34m (£18m, $24m)? None at all, if you're the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission in the market for a biometric system.
The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) this week released its report into ACIC's failed biometric identification system (BIS) project which failed last year, and determined that: "None of the project's milestones or deliverables were met."
Project - Process - ANAO - Administration - BIS
While giving the all-clear to the project's procurement process, the ANAO said "the subsequent administration of the BIS project by CrimTrac and ACIC was deficient in almost every significant respect".
BIS was designed to replace ACIC's existing fingerprint database and to add facial recognition capabilities. It was being implemented by NEC until ACIC pulled the plug in June 2018. As the ANAO report noted, on the same day ACIC put the project on hold (termination came later), NEC issued a media statement in which it said "the BIS Solution was ready to be handed over to ACIC for System Acceptance Testing".
Senate - Hearings - Project - Costs - Time
It emerged in Senate hearings that although the project's costs blew out (reported at the time to be more than AU$80m, or around £44m/$57m), it wasn't on a "watch list" the Digital Transformation Agency is supposed to maintain of at-risk projects worth AU$10m (c. £5m, $7m) or more.
While clearing the procurement process, the ANAO noted that two "critical requirements" had been overlooked in system design: the first being the protection of the biometrics of people using assumed identities (for example, police undercover operatives) and those under witness protection.
Process - PwC - Tender - Error - February
A requirements-gathering process handled by PwC overlooked these, meaning they were also missing from the 2015-issued tender. The error wasn't discovered until February 2018,...
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