Bundesrechnungshof BRH

1 Erroneous assessments of needs
Considerable maintenance costs

By soundly assessing its needs, it could have avoided the premature purchase of unnecessary licences. Erroneous assessment of needs led to considerable avoidable maintenance costs.

2 Cost-effectiveness not assessed
User licenses not used

At year-end 2010, the Institute bought a software extension with 500 user licences for an ordering system which it exchanged against other software directly from the manufacturer two years later, since it did not need it. Moreover, it bought 500 user licences for a reporting system. For more than four years, the Institute used only one of these licences. It paid the manufacturer maintenance fees of about 20 per cent of the software price. It had not assessed the cost effectiveness of the software extensions.


In November 2009, the Institute let a contract worth €500,000 for the supply and introduction of software. This was designed to implement cost and performance accounting, plan its resources and carry out business processes. The project was to be completed by mid-2011. Up to late 2013, the Institute paid the contractor about €1.3 million. Operation of the software with the time recording function needed for cost and performance accounting began in early 2014.


See the BRH Annual Report 2015.

The items above were selected and named by the e-Government Subgroup of the EUROSAI IT Working Group on the basis of publicly available report of the author Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI). In the same way, the Subgroup prepared the analytical assumptions and headings. All readers are encouraged to consult the original texts by the author SAIs (linked).