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Efficiency and Reform Group 'has saved over £3bn'

The Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG) has helped to save government £3bn-£4bn over the past few months, its lead official has told a group of MPs. Ian Watmore, the government's chief operating officer, was responding to questions at parliament's public accounts committee hearing on the efficiency landscape. He said that, while …
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NAO slaps down Cabinet Office gov-IT savings claims AGAIN

There are lies, damned lies and Cabinet Office statistics which give the impression that the Efficiency and Reform Group are achieving much more dramatic ICT savings than they actually are. Or so says a National Audit Office report, which again criticised the processes used to calculate how much money Government Digital Services …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jul 2014
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NHS IT boss walks out and steps back

Christine Connelly, chief information officer for health, has resigned ahead of a shakeup of the department. In a statement she said: “The Department of Health faces a major reorganisation of its top structures that will result in fewer Director General posts. I have been reflecting on whether I would wish to go for one of those …
John Oates, 22 Jun 2011

UK.gov hires data-handling privatisation point man as CTO

The Cabinet Office has promoted its ICT futures wonk - Liam Maxwell - to the role of chief technology officer. He will serve under Government Digital Services (GDS) boss Mike Bracken, who oversees the development of the GOV.UK website, which recently replaced NuLabour's Directgov. In what appears to be a significant shake-up, …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Dec 2012
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UK.gov IT slasher axes himself - after 5 months in new job

Former tech-spending axeman Ian Watmore is leaving the civil service just five months after taking up a new role as the permanent secretary at the Cabinet Office. He had previously headed up the reform and efficiency group, the unit tasked with cutting waste from the Whitehall budget. The Cabinet Office explained that Watmore …
Anna Leach, 17 May 2012
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Stop sexing up IT and give Civil Servants Macs, says gov tech boss

The man in charge of the government's IT efficiency drive has told MPs that Whitehall should use more Apple Macs while castigating the previous government for trying to sex-up IT projects. Ian Watmore, COO of the Efficiency and Reform Group, told the public administration committee that Labour had poured cash into computer …
Joe Fay, 30 Mar 2011
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Government seeks chief procurement officer

The Cabinet Office has confirmed that it will fold the job of running Buying Solutions into its new post of chief procurement officer. The chief procurement officer role will combine the posts of chief executive of the government's procurement agency, Buying Solutions, and head of procurement in the Cabinet Office's Efficiency …
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Liam Maxwell appointed to advise on gov ICT

Liam Maxwell has been appointed as an advisor to the Efficiency and Reform Group and the government chief information officer on new ideas for the government's use of technology. His work will cover developing new methods of service delivery, increasing the use of open standards and open source software, helping SMEs in the …
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UK gov needs better data skills to cut spending

The Cabinet Office's Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG), set up to lead efforts to cut government spending by £6bn in 2010-11, should set up management information systems to measure progress accurately and objectively, the public accounts committee has said. The committee's report on the ERG's role in improving value for money …
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UK's chief procurement officer quits for COO post at recruitment firm

The government's chief procurement officer John Collington has resigned to leave for a post in the private sector. Collington is leaving to become chief operating officer of Alexander Mann Solutions, a UK-based specialist in global recruitment process outsourcing. His successor will be named in due course, the Cabinet Office …
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Local councils shed CIOs as cuts bite

Many local councils that jettisoned CIOs or senior decision-makers in the rush to cut costs lack a coherent IT strategy, according to a panel debate by Netgear. The Coalition last week boasted that the Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG) had saved £800m by squeezing public sector suppliers, but others further down the food chain …
Paul Kunert, 05 Jul 2011
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Plans to move gov online 'lack cyber-security', say MPs

MPs have expressed serious concern about a lack of cyber-security plans detailed in the government's IT and communications strategy. A Public Accounts Committee report warned that the "ambitious" plans laid out by the Cabinet Office in March this year needed further clarity. "The strategy only makes one reference to cyber- …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Jul 2011

Ministry of Justice dreams of £1bn mega IT framework

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has begun to sound out the market for an IT services framework that would be one of the biggest deals in government and effectively duplicate arrangements elsewhere in Whitehall. It has published a pre-tender notice in the Official Journal of the European Union asking for supplier feedback on the …
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£1bn in govt IT projects on slash list

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has said that more than 300 IT projects have been reviewed and projects worth £1bn will be stopped or "de-scoped". A spokesperson for the Cabinet Office told GC News that information about projects which will be axed or scaled back will be "available soon". "Since the creation of the …
Kable, 20 Oct 2010
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Former CIO returns to Cabinet Office

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 …
Kable, 01 Jul 2010
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Gov IT slasher gets top civil service role

The man tasked with slimming government IT spending – yet who tried to inject MacBooks into Whitehall – will step up to a more powerful role after civil service grandee Sir Gus O’Donnell retires in December. Ian Watmore, chief operating officer of the Efficiency and Reform Group, which claimed to have saved Whitehall £3bn over …
Anna Leach, 12 Oct 2011
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Head of UK.gov IT quits

John Suffolk, the official in charge of the government's overall IT strategy, has resigned. He will leave the £207,000 post at the end of the year, after just under five years as Whitehall's Chief Information Officer, based at the Cabinet Office. He has campaigned for radical reform of government IT, including slashing the …
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Maude talks cost cutting with ICT suppliers

A group of prime government ICT suppliers has met Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude to discuss plans for cost cutting. A spokesperson for the Office of Government Commerce told GC News that on 8 July 2010 19 major public sector ICT suppliers were involved in "an initial meeting to discuss how money can be saved from the …
Kable, 09 Jul 2010
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UK.gov digital engagement director to retire

The government's director for digital engagement will retire at the end of 2010 after less than two years in the role. Andrew Stott was appointed in May 2009 to take forward the Labour government's Power of Information agenda, and has been based in the Cabinet Office. During a civil service career spanning 34 years he was …
Kable, 23 Sep 2010
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Capgemini signs MoU with Cabinet Office

A second major vendor has announced what it calls an "outstanding new agreement" with the government. Further to discussions with Cabinet Office minister and chair of the Efficiency and Reform Group Francis Maude about cost cutting, the company announced that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding. It said on 13 September …
Kable, 15 Sep 2010
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National Audit Office: Open data the key to 'big society'

Parliament's finance watchdog has said that stronger information strategies and more transparent government data will be key to the 'big society' agenda. The delivery of public services by charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises will require a "step change" from earlier attempts to open up government, such as the …
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Can SMEs score those big gov contracts?

The UK public sector spends £230bn on goods and services a year, roughly 15 per cent of the UK economy and £1 for every £7 spent in Britain. The procurement of these goods and services is a massively complex undertaking, fraught with inefficiency accumulated over successive governments. When the Coalition government was elected …
Michael Keegan, 18 May 2012
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Cabinet Office on £2m digital talent hunt

The government department charged with running the Civil Service is looking for developers to transform the public sector – and they're prepared to pay £2m to get the best. Whitehall's digital tsar Mike Bracken just announced 28 new digital jobs at the Cabinet Office (with pay packets ranging from £59k-£117k a year), declaring …
Anna Leach, 27 Oct 2011
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Maude put squeeze on suppliers, says Watmore

Cabinet office minister Francis Maude put pressure on suppliers who resisted initial efficiency negotiations, according to a senior civil servant. Ian Watmore, the chief operating officer of the Cabinet Office's Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG), addressed the House of Commons Public Administration Committee on the issue on 28 …
Kable, 02 Nov 2010
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Whitehall signs MoU with Atos

Atos Origin has said it is the first IT company to sign a memorandum of understanding with the government following negotiations with Francis Maude. In a statement issued on 10 September 2010, the company said: "The agreement marks the start of a new single client approach to engagement with central UK government." In July …
Kable, 14 Sep 2010
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Official exposes govt IT overlaps

A Cabinet Office official has said the moratorium on central government IT projects has revealed a number of overlapping projects across departments. Bernard Quinn, deputy director and channels lead for the digital delivery team at the Cabinet Office, said that as well as identical IT projects being carried out, marketing …
Kable, 06 Oct 2010
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UK IT projects must pull up socks, says hefty maven

The UK coalition government will have to ensure fewer failed public sector IT projects in the future if it wants to avoid a public backlash, according to the former boss of the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) Sir Peter Gershon. Speaking at the Association for Project Management conference in London last Thursday he said: " …
Ken Young, 22 Oct 2010
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UK.gov outlines £95m IT savings plan

Ahead of next week's emergency Budget, Francis Maude, head honcho of the Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG), has outlined plans to renegotiate government IT contracts to net £95m in planned savings. Targets by project have not been set, but Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General Maude said: “Each project will need …
Robert Blincoe, 15 Jun 2010
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UK.gov goes back to school to avoid future IT blunders

Whitehall's waste of £470m on a botched attempt to modernise fire service control rooms in England begs questions about what UK plc is doing to prevent a similar haemorrhage of money in the future. A scathing report on FiReControl by parliament's public accounts committee said the project was flawed from the outset and blamed …
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What could possibly go wrong?

Who says there isn’t much government transparency on the riskiness of recent projects? David Pitchford, executive  director of major projects, efficiency and reform group at the Cabinet Office, recently said: “We in the UK have a propensity to try to do things that have never been done before. Innovation is a good thing, but …
Ken Young, 23 Nov 2010