Bureaucrat admits misleading Parliament on IT outsourcing, Senate committee to act

A special meeting of the Senate Committee investigating the government's IT outsourcing debacle was held Friday February 16 to determine what action should be taken against a senior bureaucrat in charge of the program who has admitted misleading Parliament.

IT Opposition spokesperson Senator Kate Lundy has confirmed members of the Senate's Finance and Public Administration Committee will meet today to consider action against Office of Asset Sales and IT Outsourcing (OASITO) chief executive Ross Smith for false testimony.

Smith sent an apology letter to the Senate this week for providing false testomony to the IT senate committee hearings last year. He asked for his answers to be deleted from the Hansard record.

A spokesman for Senator Lundy said attempts will be made at the committee meeting today to make public all documents relating to the testimony, including Smith's letter.

According to a report in the Australian Financial Review, Smith had said earlier he wasn't involved in preparing the terms of reference for the Humphry Review in to IT outsourcing The report says that in the letter Smith admits he personally provided advice about the terms to the office of Finance Minister John Fahey.

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