[The] IRD is changing the way child support payments are calculated, saying it is the first overhaul in 20 years.
It has admitted its budget has steadily increased from $30 million, to $163 million, and finally to $210 million. That’s a $180 million blow-out.
Labour’s finance spokesperson Grant Robertson asked Ms Ferguson who was responsible.
“This all happens and what’s the consequence within IRD? Is anyone being held to account? What is being done about this? It’s an extraordinary blow-out.”
Ms Ferguson told the committee she commissioned an independent review to learn from the mistakes made.
“The management of a project is, I think, the accountability of myself and my department – the recommendations were around the processes and the way that we set up that project.”
Under questioning, she admitted IRD Minister Todd McClay was not impressed with the increased budget.
“The minister was not pleased. Of course, any minister would want a project delivered on budget and on time.”
Mr Cosgrove said the people in charge had been asleep at the wheel.
“Money just keeps rolling, the cash registers keep clicking and the New Zealand public just keep scratching their head. If this was the private sector, somebody would be sacked.”
This has been allowed to meander along,¬†sucking more money from our collective pockets without any real public scrutiny. ¬† It’s one thing to say “$180M blowout”, but that’s on top of the original $30M budget set aside for it.
How does IRD Commissioner Ferguson still have a job? ¬†How is it that the opposition haven’t been raking Todd McClay over the coals for letting the IRD walk all over him? ¬†The $180M “blowout” is¬†six times the original budget.
Seriously, tell your customers that you want to increase all your¬†invoices by 600% of what you first quoted and see if you’re still asked back next time.
This is gross incompetence. ¬† And nobody seems to be outwardly concerned other than just giving more money to the problem.
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