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The "avoidable" failure of a multimillion-pound government IT system has been condemned in an official report.

The National Offender Management IT System was intended to track criminals "end-to-end" from sentence through the prison and probation systems. 

But within two years the project, known as C-NOMIS, was more than two years behind schedule and expected costs had more than doubled to £690 million, the National Audit Office report found.

It has now been scrapped and replaced with five separate programmes which will cost at least £279 million more than the original budget. 

The report found a string of basic failures that "could have been prevented had basic principles and existing good practice been followed".

There was no contingency fund built in despite the project being considered "high risk".

Budget monitoring was "absent" and there was "inadequate oversight by senior management". Financial accountability was "unclear", auditors found.

Spending on the system was halted in 2007 and in January last year it was ditched in favour of a "low cost" replacement, which the National Offender Management Service's (NOMS) own analysis revealed did not offer the best value for money. continues here

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