2019 Report details for project: Digital Services at the Border (DSaB)

Project name: Digital Services at the Border (DSaB) - there are 5 reports for this project: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
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Organisation: HO (D16) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2019 (data is from Sept 2018)
Category: ICT - see all reports for this category
Description: To deliver digital services that will provide systems capable of transforming the way that Border Force and its partners operate. Digital Services at the Border (DSAB) is a major agile programme within the Border Systems Portfolio that is building functionality to transform the way the Home Office manages the United Kingdom Borders. The primary benefits of delivering DSAB are to: enhance the security of the UK; gather and act on data from those people and entities crossing the border, both inbound and out; and provide timely and accurate data to those who need to access/use it this will be achieved by replacing the current Warning Index Border Control, Produce RoRo targeting and intervention system that will allow better targeting of prohibited and restricted goods, along with the deployment of an enhanced advanced pre-travel system which will allow Border Force and other stakeholders like the Police to identify and assess threats.
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: DSAB remains a challenging and complex programme within what is now a complex and ever changing environment, however progress has been made against the last IPA actions. A refreshed Business Case is currently under development to be tabled at the Home Office Portfolio and Investment Committee on a date to be agreed to be agreed.
Start date: 2014-02-12
End date: 2019-03-31
Schedule text: The Advanced Freight Targeting Capability (AFTC) project is on target to close out at the end of Q1 19/20 having delivered and AFTC information system. The Border Crossing Release 3 now provides DSAB with full regional coverage. Release R.04 is on target to go operational live towards end of the year in the Crown Data Centre. Advance Border Control capability has now be demonstrated to the business with very positive feedback and a plan is now under review to drive forward with this capability.
Baseline: £52.60m
Forecast: £64.10m
Variance: 22.00%
Variance text: The programme's original non-recurring Change costs baseline for 18/19 - initially set at £30m at the beginning of SR19, was increased to £40m at the beginning of 18/19 as a result of delivery slippage from prior financial year(s). This accounted for £10m of the £12m difference above. The remaining £2m is a forecast over spend for the 18/19 financial year, resulting from EU Exit reprioritisation (i.e. needing to bring forward some costs to meet EU Exit deadlines).
Whole Life Cost: £346.90m
WLCost text: Forecast WLC have increased since the programme's inception - as of 18/19 overall actual expenditure remains below the WLC forecast, though said forecast deviated from baseline in onwards 17/18 [doesn't make sense does it mean in 17/18and onwards?] as DSAB's budget was increased due to EU Exit priorities and delays in delivery of some milestones. These milestones were in turn impacted by delays with delivery of key dependencies outside the programme (e.g. the HO Crown Datacentre for Border Crossing).
Notes1: Digital Services at the Border (DSAB)
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