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Government Major Projects Portfolio data for HMRC2015-16 - Government Major Projects Portfolio (GMPP)

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Project Name CUSTOMS DECLARATION SERVICES (CDS) Programme Columbus (formerly Aspire Replacement Programme) Tax-Free Childcare
IPA RAG rating (A Delivery Confidence Assessment of the project at a fixed point in time, using a five-point scale, Red – Amber/Red – Amber – Amber/Green – Green; definitions in the IPA Annual Report) Amber/Red Amber/Red Amber
Description / Aims HMRC is responsible for delivering an end to end declaration processing service for imports to and exports from the UK. The current service delivery system is the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight service (CHIEF). Each year this business critical service handles c.50 million declarations and accounts for £34bn revenue, set in a context of an international trade supply chain that is worth £700bn p.a. to the UK economy. This is a business critical declaration processing system handling movements of 3rd country (non-EU) goods. CHIEF operates real time, 24 hours per day, 365 days of the year.The current CHIEF system is more than 23 years old and based on aging Virtual Machine Environment (VME) technology. The service has reached a point where any changes (including EU legislative) will be both expensive and technically very difficult to implement. HMRC are seeking to replace CHIEF with a robust, scaleable and extensible set of import /export services, capable of delivering this critical function into the future. To manage the safe exit of HMRC's ASPIRE IT contract that expires in June 2017. The Programme Aims and Objectives are: The Programme aim for the scope reflected in the Business Case is to: • achieve a safe transition from the ASPIRE contract to the new HMRC IT operating and sourcing model, enabling HMRC’s digital and data transformation and deliver the benefits of the new model thereafter. The Programme objectives for the scope reflected in the Business Case are to: • Ensure there is continuity of IT supply to the Department and its customers once the current contractual arrangements through the ASPIRE contracts expire in June 2017; • Ensure that new sourcing arrangements provide better value for money, drive out savings compared to current baseline and are market aligned and consistent with Government standards for ICT contracts and IT delivery;• Ensure the operating model for IT in HMRC is transformed to enable HMRC’s digital and data transformation and to ensure that changes can be made more flexibly and at greater speed through a new target operating model, sourcing model and re-engineered processes; • Ensure HMRC has the capacity and capability to operate its new IT operating model on a sustainable basis; • Ensure the transition from ASPIRE contracts to the new operating model is as smooth as possible with minimal disruption to service (same or better SLAs) and project delivery (time, cost, quality as agreed for each project) during the transition period. Under TFC the intention is to provide childcare accounts for all eligible children for which the first £8,000 deposited by parents or others is topped up by government by 20p for every 80p deposited, up to a maximum of £2,000 per child per year. The TFC programme will design and implement the TFC scheme. Accountability for TFC is divided between HMRC and HM Treasury (HMT). HMRC are responsible for TFC delivery and for outcomes on customer service such as correct payments and data security. HMT have responsibility for ensuring the scheme delivers its intended policy outcomes and for advising ministers on any further policy changes needed to ensure the outcomes continue to be achieved.