The government is drafting in around one hundred private sector troubleshooters to save some of their riskiest projects, like the flagship Universal Credit benefits reform and the High Speed Rail (HS2) project.
The experts, from management consultancy and other industries, will help monitor new contracts and bulk purchasing across the public sector, the Times reports.
This comes after ministers came under fire for projects like Universal Credit, which was branded an "unmitigated disaster" by MPs for coming in massively over-budget and on track to miss its 2017 deadline for full implementation.
Earlier this month, Labour's shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves said: "It’s clear that David Cameron and Iain Duncan Smith have completely failed to get to grips with their flagship welfare reform and millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money have been written off as a result."
Meanwhile, the High Speed Rail 2 project has continued to be a source of political tension as Tory MPs and former Labour ministers rail against it. Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has suggested he could kill off the "mismanaged" scheme were Labour to win the next election.