State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie has ordered an independent review of the way the commission handled multimillion dollar contracts with a private consulting firm.
The company Voco has worked on the commission’s $28 million Government Shared Network (GSN), winning contracts reportedly worth $8 million.
That is a fairly high proportion of the cost of the network having gone on consultancy fees. But that is not what caught my interest.
The newspaper also said the SSC’s ICT finance manager David Eagles tried to end the relationship with the company four times but was blocked by the SSC.
It reported Mr Eagles was now on sick leave after an alleged assault at the commission.
But a spokesman for the SSC today told NZPA Mr Eagles was no longer employed there. He refused to say whether he had been sacked, or had quit.
He said the allegations of assault had been promptly investigated.
“The investigation did not establish a basis for any disciplinary action to be taken against an SSC employee as a result of the alleged assault.”
It sounds like there is a very interesting story to be told. I look forward to the independent inquiry and most of all its report.Tags: SSC, Voco