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Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs has found a new man to head up its IT department, but he won't be starting until September.

Phil Pavitt is currently CIO at Transport for London. It emerged late last year that he was under investigation for alleged irregularities in TfL's hiring policies - Pavitt was a non-exec director of a recruitment firm which found contractors for TfL.

A spokesman for TfL said Pavitt was cleared of all suggestion of wrongdoing.

The HMRC job was advertised in January. The three-year appointment starts on £180,000 a year.

Pavitt will run a team of 1,400 internal staff, a billion-pound budget and gawd knows how many outsourced contractors. He will be responsible for a two-year transformation programme and play a role influencing inter-department shared services deals.

The advert made clear that the successful candidate would have to transform HMRC's technology. Given the Rev's enviable track record on the tax credit system and of course the missing discs, we can only wish Mr Pavitt well.

Pavitt was CIO at NTL before going underground.

He has also already had a run-in with the Rev's least favourite offshorer, EDS.

At TfL he has overseen big changes in its technology infrastructure, changes to the Oyster contract, and - thank you Phil - the canning of a project to get mobiles working on the Tube. ®

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