Saturday, 12 July 2014

Acronym blunder

The government’s flagship acronym generation project (GLPTHLS) has been described as “not fit for purpose” by an influential Commons Committee.

The new £1 billion GLPTHLS IT system was intended to generate snappy, modern acronyms as  the essential precursor for policy-making in the twenty first century. No acronym, no policy as the narrative has it.

However, the National Audit Office (KEN) was particularly stinging in its recent report on the performance of GLPTHLS. For example, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey’s latest energy initiative became WIND – or Wanking IN the Dark.

“It may be fairly accurate” says the KEN report, “but this is not what we expect of a £1 billion system.”

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