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February 2008 report to the Legislative Assembly



February 2008 report to the Legislative Assembly


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Auditor-General for the Northern Territory February 2008 Report 169 Department of Health and Community Services cont It was recommended to the Agency that it should: Finalise and implement the new Steering Committee terms of reference to enable the Steering Committee meeting to focus on strategic matters (i.e. not operational issues), including the discussion of milestones achieved, strategic challenges and future outlook. It is also recommended that the agency establish a Corporate Information Management Group to take responsibility for corporate information management, knowledge management, ICT technology and the corporate operational support functions. Communicate the IT progression towards key strategic priorities with business stakeholders, preferably including via Steering Committee meetings and regular progress reports (e.g. via the Intranet). Communicate and gain acceptance of the proposed major service redesign (service operating model and core functions) of the data warehouse. IT should also educate the business on the use of the data warehouse as a business intelligence tool. Develop an End User Computing policy which promotes efficient and effective development/usage of standardised end user reporting tools. Where there are exceptions, the policy should outline that appropriate compensating controls be implemented and documented (e.g. security controls). This should also assist in ensuring the appropriate use of the data warehouse, rather than inappropriate usage of Excel/Access. Reaffirm the Chief Operations Officer as the Steering Committee Chair. The Department of Health and Community Services has commented: The new Chief Operations Officer of the department now chairs Strategic Information Management Steering Committee meetings. The terms of reference of this committee have now been revised to apply a more strategic focus.

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