ACTING DEPUTY COMMISSIONER, BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION
The Asteron Centre
55 Featherston Street
PO Box 2198
Telephone: 04 890-1803
28 May 2013
[FYI request #846 email]
Dear Mr Gracewood
Thank you for your request made under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) and
received by the Minister of Revenue on 2 May 2013. You requested the following: Given that a decision has been made to proceed with the IRD IT Business
Transformation Programme, it is important for the public to know how this will be
undertaken and the costs and risks involved. I understand some information has been
redacted while the decision is pending, but now that the project is proceeding I request
that this information is made available.
As such I request the information regarding the approach and risks.
Specifically I request the information on pages 8-16 and 18 of the Business
Transformation Story document and additionally pages 16-24 of the IT Roadmap
Including Key Risks
As the information you have requested is held by Inland Revenue, your request was
transferred to the Commissioner of Inland Revenue on 3 May 2013.
This response covers your request.
Information to be released
I have decided to release part of page 8 of “The Transformation Story”, and pages 21
and 24 of “The IT Roadmap Including Key Risks”.
The released material is attached in Appendix 1.
Information to be withheld
Other information requested, except for page 23 of “The IT Roadmap Including Key
Risks”, is being withheld under section 9(2)(f)(iv) of the OIA − to maintain the current
constitutional conventions protecting the confidentiality of advice tendered by Ministers
Part of page 18 of the “The Transformation Story”, and Page 23 of “The IT Roadmap
Including Key Risks” is being withheld under section 18(c)(i) of the OIA − making the
requested information available would be contrary to the provisions of a specified
enactment, namely Inland Revenue’s secrecy obligation in section 81 of the Tax
Administration Act 1994. Disclosure of the information requested does not fall within
any of the specific exceptions to the secrecy obligation, nor within the general carrying
into effect exception in section 81(1).
In the interests of transparency, it is possible that this information may be released in
Right of review
This fully covers the information you requested.
You have the right to ask the Ombudsman to investigate and review my decision. The
Office of the Ombudsman can be contacted at PO Box 10152, The Terrace,
Alternatively, you may have the decision reviewed by a review officer who reports
directly to the Commissioner of Inland Revenue. Choosing the internal right of review
does not preclude you from subsequently seeking a review by the Ombudsman should
you be dissatisfied with the department’s internal review. If an internal review is sought,
please write to the Commissioner of Inland Revenue, PO Box 2198, Wellington 6140,
setting out the details of your complaint.
Ron Grindle Acting Deputy Commissioner Business Transformation