Audit committee puts DTA on notice to fix ‘cowboy culture’

Joseph Brookes
Senior Reporter

The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) is on notice to show it has moved past a “cowboy” culture that saw it break procurement rules and fall short of ethical requirements in its technology spends.

Parliament’s audit committee on Wednesday recommended a follow up audit of the agency by the federal watchdog, which last year released damning findings about how projects like the myGov overhaul and COVIDSafe app were procured by the DTA.

The bipartisan committee also wants the DTA to report back to it by the end of the year on the changes it is making, including how it has improved its tender processes and managing contracts, conflicts of interest and probity issues.

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