It's on my todo list to eventually bid for one of these government IT contracts, deliver on time, on ( massively inflated ) budget and get made Prime Minister, Chancellor and King as a reward for the first person to successfully to put a basic CRUD interface on an SQL database through a government IT contract.
Seriously though, can somebody in the know tell me why government find IT contracts so hard? I'm not buying the "they're useless" line, as it applies to every body of every government. There's clearly a structural problem. What is it?