The main criteria for how to spend government money on the Digital Economy program is getting the intended quality outcomes. That's according to Andrey Vorov, a representative of the Analytical Center's project management office for the implementation of the Digital Economy national program, who made a comment for the Vedomosti about a communique from the Accounts Chamber about how the government has spent just 560 billion rubles on the implementation of national projects out of the total 1.7 trillion earmarked for them.
Spendings on the Digital Economy National Program Will Be Assessed Based on Outcomes
Project Management Office for Implementing the Digital Economy of the Russian Federation Program
"All the activities of the national program get discussed with the expert and business communities and we never recommend anything that doesn't get supported by everyone," the expert said.
According to him, the national program includes launching lots of tools and support measures to create new models of interaction between business and the state: providing subsidies to competencies centers for the implementation of federal projects, which requires the passage of a number of regulatory documents.
Thus, road maps have been developed for the Digital Technologies federal project to support end-to-end digital solutions. In H2 2019 some 20% of the total financing of the national program will be allocated for the implementation of these road maps. No government money is spent until the road maps get approved.
Mr Vorov went on to point out that as part of the efforts under the Digital Economy national program new regulations are being adopted that demand a lot of approvals, for example, from the Finance Ministry. Once they get approved, government money will be spent at a faster rate.
"Ministries are looking into the target state they want for the functioning of state information system, including the systems for offering government services in accordance with the new service provision model. Currently work is being completed on the target state of the super services and the road maps for their implementation, once those are approved, work to modify the state information systems will be included in the information infrastructure plan of the national program. Money will then be reallocated and made available to the ministries," Mr Vorov summed up.
Source: The Vedomosti