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Ian Watmore, UK MD of Accenture, has been made new head of e-government for the UK. He will be responsible for making savings and improving the electronic delivery of government services and replaces Andrew Pinder as the UK's e-envoy.

The e-envoy's responsiblity was mainly to get British citizens online, and get government departments using the Web to talk to citizens. The e-government will be more like a traditional IT department looking for ways to improve business processes, better control of projects and improving the delivery of services.

Tony Blair said: "He will be playing a pivotal role ensuring that IT supports the business transformation of government itself so that we can provide better, more efficient, public services."

Watmore described the job as one of the biggest and most challenging in the UK. He has worked for Accenture since 1980. Watmore will report to Cabinet Office minister Douglas Alexander and Cabinet Secretary Sir Andrew Turnbull.

The e-envoy office will begin its transformation into the e-government unit in June and Watmore will join in September. The e-government unit will be responsible for strategy, architecture, innovation, IT finance, IT HR - staff development, projects, research, security and supplier management.

The full release is on the Government News Network which you can find here. ®

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