A new entry at number 88 in the catalogue of Excel infamy maintained by the European Spreadsheet Risks Interest Group (EuSprig) points to a spreadsheet error that undermined the UK government's IT procurement programme.
As originally reported by Microscope, the error cropped up in an Office Government Commerce spreadsheet used to monitor the accreditation of IT suppliers in its new Catalist procurement programme.
The Catalist agreements cover 11 contracts to supply hardware, software, networks and printers to public bodies such as the NHS, local authorities, police and charities. The assessment spreadsheet was maintained by the OGC's Buying Solutions team, which was forced to review all of the tenders it received.
After discovering the error, Buying Solutions wrote to affected suppliers, one...