Monday, September 17, 2007

Fisking the DTI - update

A good while ago, I pointed you to an excellent blog-post at Blether about how useless and careless Civil Servants are at spending other people's money. In this case, Fujitsu got £200k to build an accessible website - that wasn't accessible.

For some reason, I thought I'd check at Blether to see if there was any new developments. It appears that the DTI are paying Fujitsu at least £60k (probably a good deal more) to fix the shortcomings of the original site.

Full disclosure here, by the way; I've spent the last five years or so trying to get government departments to spend money with the company I work for on 'accessible web design'. For a long time, we were bona-fide leaders in this field, yet we continued having to scrabble around for smallish voluntary sector contracts while the useless berks in Whitehall and elsewhere hired useless berks at the kind of big combines that know how to win tenders, but not build websites.

1 comment:

Ivan said...

Almost the best thing about this sad and sorry tale is that when you click through to the DTI website, you get this message:

"Following changes introduced recently by the Prime Minister, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) no longer exists."b