NEC faces audit in Australian project
14 June 2018 14:46 GMT

An investigation has been launched into a suspended biometrics project that NEC Australia was undertaking for the Australian Crime Intelligence Commission.

The audit of the Australian Crime Intelligence Commission’s (ACIC) Biometric Identification Services project is likely to heap further pressure on the Digital Transformation Agency’s (DTA) oversight of IT projects and NEC Australia, while Labor said it is another example of a government IT debacle.

The Australian National Audit Office launched an audit into the ACIC’s biometrics project on 2 June, a day after it was suspended until Friday pending further contract negotiations.

An NEC Australia spokesperson confirmed to InnovationAus.com that the company received a “request for information” from ANAO and is “currently complying with that request”.

The biometrics project was significantly delayed with costs almost doubling, leading the parties to “mutually agree” to put it on hold.

NEC Australia staff working on the project weren’t informed though until they had their access revoked and were escorted from the ACIC building in Canberra by security last week.

The ANAO will be investigating the procurement process in awarding the tender to NEC Australia, and the ACIC’s oversight of the project.

“The objective of this audit is to assess the effectiveness of the ACIC’s administration of the Biometric Identification Service project,” the ANAO said.