The project management office begins monitoring the Digital Economy program

1 february 2018

The project management office of the Digital Economy program that operates at the Analytical Center is beginning to monitor the activities included in the document. In the event the approved activities fall behind the schedule through the fault government officials charged with carrying them out, disciplinary measures can be taken against them while default organizations may be struck from the list of contracts for the digital economy program as well as have fines imposed upon them and have their contracts annulled, writes CNews citing Deputy Head of the project management office Vladimir Mesropyan.

According to Mr. Mesropyan, the monitoring will involve checking both the formal results of the implementation of the activities as well as specific expected outcomes of the entire program that should include tangible effects for ordinary people and businesses alike.

Information about the implementation of the activities will be sent to the Project Management office by directly involved contractors taking into account the opinion of the federal executive authorities that supervise them; once the information has been received by the project management office it will be checked and verified. Information about the degree, to which the expected outcomes of all the programs have been achieved, will be provided by the autonomous non-governmental organization Digital Economy after holding expert meetings of the work groups comprising representatives of business and public authorities, sources at the project management office explained. After the information about the successful implementation of the activities is compared with the actual outcomes that have been achieved for people and business, specific proposals will be put forward on a quarterly basis about what management decisions should be implemented and what changes should be made to the activities plans of the Program.

According to Mr. Mesropyan, the procedure for submitting reports during the monitoring was designed in such a way as to completely exclude the use of any paper documents while information about deviations from the approve plans will be entered into a digital system that's been specifically designed to facilitate the interaction between the participants in the Digital Economy program. "The whole process of information submission and analysis is going to be automated as much as possible using the information system so as to allow the rather limited staff of the project management office to monitor the program effectively, we are talking about 5 staff based on the current plants of activities," he explained.

Every federal executive authority and organization involved in the program is currently appointing people in charge of implementing the activities. There will be one person charged with entering all the reporting data into the software system once a month, only working with tasks that their organization has been specifically tasked with implementing the work involved in the activity in question.

It should be said, however, Mr. Mesropyan notes, that in case of failure to implement an activity, it is not necessarily a given that the people in charge will have sanctions imposed on them every time. "Anything is possible, for example, they may have not been given the requisite financing to achieve the target outcomes or the passing of some law or other got delayed, or there were delays with making some planned amendments to international documents and standards and so on and so forth. In this case, the Subcommission for the Digital Economy is going to hold an inquiry into why the activity was not carried out and make appropriate changes in the program," Mr. Mesropyan explained.