RailCorp CIO resigned in October


Update: Since this article was published, we have discovered the AustralianIT had learned of Coleman’s resignation in December.

Then-RailCorp chief information officer Vicki Coleman resigned in October, the agency confirmed today, although the results of an investigation into her conduct remain unknown.

The CIO’s future had been up in the air since June last year, when NSW Transport Minister David Campbell acknowledged that she had been stood down following an allegation of “dishonest or corrupt behaviour”.

At the time, Campbell said RailCorp was to carry out an investigation into Coleman’s behaviour. This week the agency would only say that Coleman had resigned in October, but did not respond to a direct question about the results of the investigation.

In July RailCorp handed responsibility for Coleman’s IT portfolio to its group general manager of finance and corporate services Gary Pedersen, who has carried the title of acting CIO since that time.

Coleman’s LinkedIn profile still lists her as being RailCorp’s group general manager of ICT. She had held the role since November 2004, having been CIO at Sydney Water for 4 years and 8 months before that.

RailCorp also this week refused to disclose the value of an ICT outsourcing contract it had renewed with Fujitsu last week.

The deal — inked on 3 December 2009 — will see Fujitsu continue to provide Railcorp with managed services in the areas of desktop support, service desk, server management and datacentre operations for another three years as an extension of the initial deal in 2006, which was hotly contested.

Government agencies normally disclose the value of contracts through the NSW Government’s tendering system.

However, RailCorp did not disclose the value of its contract with Fujitsu when it first inked the deal back in 2006, and this week a spokesperson said it was “subject to commercial in confidence”.

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