The Swedish National Audit Office says that that one-third of the government’s IT projects have gone over budget.
The largest state agencies are spending between 20 and 43 million US dollars a year beyond their funding. That’s about one-tenth of what the government budgets for information technology.
According to the report, the larger the project, the larger the cost over-run. Swedish Radio News says over the past decade agencies have tripled their reliance on outside IT consultants, which today take up fully one-half of spending.
The worst offenders in keeping their budgets are the government’s civil service administration, the Swedish Social Insurance Agency, which is responsible for paying sickness and parental leave benefits, and the tax authorities.