Former CIO returns to Cabinet Office
Watmore gets efficient
Ian Watmore, the government's first chief information officer, has taken up a new position at the Cabinet Office.
He is to become the chief operating officer at the head of the new Efficiency and Reform Group, an appointment at permanent secretary level.
The Cabinet Office said Watmore will work closely with its senior minister, Francis Maude and the chief secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, to coordinate the approach to tackling waste and improving accountability across government departments. This will include looking for efficiencies in ICT, procurement, project management, property and HR.
Watmore first joined the Cabinet Office as government CIO in 2004, and then spent time as permanent secretary of Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills. More recently, he was chief executive of the Football Association, a position from which he resigned earlier this year.
Cabinet secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell said: "I am delighted that at this important time Ian Watmore has agreed to come back to the Civil Service to take on this challenging role. He will bring with him invaluable expertise from the business world, as well as significant experience of senior roles in government, both of which will be essential in driving forward tough efficiency measures across Whitehall."
Watmore commented: "I believe that the Efficiency and Reform Group has a key role to play in securing value for money. By looking at innovative new ways of working we can make government more efficient and effective, as well as improving the delivery of public services."
This article was originally published at Kable.
And he is famous with a book written about him
It's called Plundering the Public Sector and he appears as IT consultant in chief on the basis of his Accenture leadership background. That's the same Accenture that was allowed to walk out of the failing NHS IT contract, mysteriously leaving the NHS with the infamous ISoft Lorenzo debacle. ISoft was Accenture's sub-contractor, but Accentrure managed to escape unscathed.
Shhhhh! don't mention Arthur Anderson and Enron, those were completely different companies
Ian Watmore's very out of date auto reply e-mail, from today
Subject: Out of Office AutoReply
Date: Fri, 2 Jul 2010
I have now left the Cabinet Office and am now Permanent Secretary of the Department for Innovation Universities and Skills (DIUS).
Please contact Jacqui Charlesworth on Tel: 020 7215 6840, or e-mail Jacqui.Charlesworth@dius.gsi.gov.uk. If you have any queries regarding the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit, please contact Jacqui Matthews on 020 7270 6201
The Cabinet Office computer systems may be monitored and communications carried on them recorded, to secure the effective operation of the system and for other lawful purposes.
NIRS 2 + recent NAO report
For those without long memories, what did he actually do as CIO, except big up ID cards?
This is depressing rubbish