Customs outsourcing to be investigated

A motion was passed in the Senate last night to investigate the outsourcing of the Australian Custom's Service (ACS) IT.

Senator Nick Bolkus (ALP) successfully moved to have it investigated by the Legal and Constitutional References Committee and a final report will be tabled in parliament in December.

The committee will examine the consequences of outsourcing ACS IT problems associated with current and proposed communications systems and e-commerce issues. The outsourcing provider EDS was unavailable for comment.

An ongoing parliamentary inquiry into the whole of government outsourcing initiative which was due to report in August continues to be delayed because the Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee has been unable to obtain contract documentation.

The recently disbanded Office of Asset Sales and IT Outsourcing (OASITO) has withheld documentation claiming commercial sensitivity.

However, the Committee met with the Australian National Audit Office this week to try to resolve the dispute and is seeking advice on whether OASITO is in contempt for not handing over relevant material.

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