A former Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) employee has lifted the lid on the department's project management issues after the Universal Credit debacle, claiming that employees' first consideration is to worry about whether the Daily Mail would approve of their actions.{jcomments on}

"The first consideration [for employees] is asking what the Daily Mail says if they hear about it. This is the headline issue, everyone is driven by worrying whether the Daily Mail will approve it or not," the employee, who worked as a contractor at DWP but wishes to remain anonymous, told Computing

DWP employees are driven by three things, he said: "Don't risk anything, don't challenge anything and aim for final delivery".

The ex-employee said that he sat in on a meeting with a supplier that said that it was going to charge the DWP a significant amount of money to do a proof of concept (POC).

"I challenged that, and asked what we are we getting for that amount of money, and the answer from the supplier was 'we're not quite sure what we're going to deliver but we need this amount of money'," he said.

But the former consultant does not think it is a matter of the DWP "just falling for it", but rather an insecurity that a supplier will go elsewhere for business.

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Thanks to Jim Allison for spotting this news article for us


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