News: The failed system has cost around £215 million and £180 million in EU fines.
Senior officials from the Government Digital Service and Rural Payments Agency have been quizzed by MPs following the costly failure of the Common Agricultural Policy IT system.
The failed system which has cost around £215m and £180m in EU fines, resulted in scathing criticisms from MPs.
Liam Maxwell from the GDS and Mark Grimshaw from RPA had their behaviour described as "frankly childish" by Meg Hillier, chair of the Public Account Committee.
Amayas Morse, auditor general at the National Audit Office, which recently published a report criticising the collaboration, said that it was rare for the PAC to write reports related to personal behaviour.
Given a chance to defend themselves, Maxwell highlighted problems with being brought in eight weeks before the project was supposed to go live.
Grimshaw, said: "One of the things that I regret about the development of the programme over time was my personal inability to be able to explain the requirements of the programme in terms of the key controls versus any of the ancillary activity, which is a frustration that I still bear."
MP, David Mowat said the structure was one of, "power without responsibility," highlighting problem stemming from the Cabinet Office controlling project spend, without being responsible for delivery.