Mon, Jan 19, 2009 - Page 3 News List

NIA set to lay the blame for airport computer debacle

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

The National Immigration Agency (NIA) yesterday said it would announce within the next few days those responsible for the failure of the computer system at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport earlier this month.

NIA Director-General Hsieh Li-kung (謝立?aid yesterday that the NIA has submitted a demerit list to the Ministry of the Interior, but the ministry has yet to approve it.

“Considering that the Ministry of Interior has been busy with the issuance of shopping vouchers, I believe an announcement will be made soon after the distribution of the vouchers is completed today [Sunday],” Hsieh said.

Hsieh refused to disclose any of the names on the list or the type of disciplinary action they would face, saying it would be up to the Ministry of the Interior to determine who should be punished and to what extent.

Hsieh acknowledged, however, that he was among those who may be held accountable for the mishap.

The NIA chief said on Jan. 10 that the computer crash was mainly caused by problems with a disk array, but pledged that his agency would investigate the matter to determine if management or reporting issues contributed to the failure.

At the time, he said the agency would announce the list of those who should be disciplined over the incident within a week.

The 36-hour computer breakdown between Jan. 3 and Jan. 5 caused not only long lines at immigration counters at the airport, but also a lapse in national security.

The NIA later said five people who were barred from leaving the country for various reasons, such as tax evasion, slipped out of Taiwan, while three people who were on a list to be denied entry got into the country.

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