The public accounts committee has today published its report (HC710) on delivering major projects in government.
Regarding the Major Projects Authority, it concludes:
- The merged Infrastructure and Projects Authority’s interest in promoting government projects risks compromising its ability to challenge
- The Authority does not collect the data to allow a transparent, open and honest dialogue about project performance.
- Over-ambition, both in terms of project budgets and timescales and across the whole Major Projects Portfolio, is among the main reasons projects are at risk.
- The requirements of good project delivery are not understood well enough by policy developers and decision-makers outside the project management profession.
- The Civil Service faces serious skills shortages in delivering major projects, especially in the commercial and digital skills needed to deliver transformation projects.
- Improving the delivery of benefits is a priority, but there appears to be a gap in responsibilities for ensuring their realisation.
The committee makes a number of recommendations as a consequence.