Universal Credit - IPA & External Reports

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

On 06 September 2018 I made the following request for information:

“Since 01 January 2016 has the UC full service IT system been the subject of any assessments, health checks or tests by any external organisations (excluding the IPA)? If so please disclose any reports produced by those organisations as a result.”

The DWP refused to disclose the reports and the Commissioner subsequently agreed that section 31(1)(a) was engaged. I did not challenge the Commissioner’s decision notice as I trusted her judgement.

However, given that more than 2 years has elapsed I see no reason why the reports cannot be disclosed as any threats documented in the reports must have been resolved. Therefore:

RFI1: Between 01 January 2016 and 18 September 2018 the UC full service IT system was the subject of assessments, health checks or tests by external organisations (excluding the IPA)? Please disclose any reports produced by those organisations as a result.

RFI2: If the IPA has reviewed the UC programme between 01 April 2019 and 30 June 2020 it will have produced reports (PARs, Gateway, Health Checks etc). Therefore, please disclose these reports. As the Department will refuse to disclose these reports please make sure that is lists the title of the reports it is refusing to disclose in its section 17 refusal.

Please note that the scope of RFI1 and RFI2 excludes all personal information that is exempt under section 40.

Yours faithfully,

John Slater

DWP freedom-of-information-requests, Department for Work and Pensions

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