Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (169)

Louise O'Reilly

Question:

169. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the financial shared services project being delivered under the National Shared Services Office; if the project is being fully resourced in both financial and human terms; and if the project will be delivered on time. [16588/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

I am informed by the National Shared Services Office that a design review of the new financial management technology platform was completed recently. This has highlighted a number of process and technical opportunities for improvement of the single finance platform for Government to ensure a quality shared services solution. The programme team are now assessing these opportunities to see what changes may be needed, which is not unusual in a programme of this scale and complexity that will replace 31 existing different systems with one new finance system for Government.

The service was originally due to commence in September 2018. I am informed by the National Shared Services Office that a revised roll-out date will be determined once the programme team’s assessment is complete, most likely by July of this year. A revised timeline for implementation across all clients will then be worked through in consultation with each Public Service Body.

I am informed by the NSSO that the programme has the necessary financial and human resources required for this year.