The Treasury says it has stopped publishing a regular report on the status of major public sector investments, despite acknowledging that might be viewed as a step back for transparency.
The “major project reports” were introduced in 2015 under the last National government to provide a quick view of whether major government investments, such as large information technology projects, were tracking to plan.
Projects were “colour-coded” from green to red to provide readers an easy means of assessing projects that were in trouble and they usually provided a short but candid assessment of their cost, benefits, progress and challenges.
They were really good. I would always read them. Really useful to see which major projects had the biggest risks around them.
But the Treasury has only now confirmed that what appeared to be a “hiatus” in their publication was in fact permanent.
That is a real shame.