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Never mind bungled Universal Credit rollout, Maude wants UK to be 'most digital' gov by 2015

Just one day after Francis Maude labelled the bungled deployment of Universal Credit - the all-in-one replacement for the benefits system - as "lamentable", the Cabinet Office Minister has been trumpeting that the UK could be "the most digital government" in the G8 by next year. Maude made the claim on Thursday when his office …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jan 2014

Gov IT supermarket G-Cloud will cost £4.93m, says Maude

The British government has published numbers on the cost of G-Cloud and Cloudstore and the savings the public sector ICT procurement framework is expected to make. The government reckons G-Cloud and Cloudstore will cost the taxpayer £4.93m to set up and run, but eventually save £340m. The costs will come out of the budget of …
Gavin Clarke, 01 May 2012
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Maude to gov IT suppliers: If you are rubbish you will be binned

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude will today warn some of the largest IT suppliers to government they may find themselves in the metaphorical public sector waste bin if their performance is rubbish. After the champagne cocktails hair dryer treatment, integrators including Accenture, Atos, Steria, Capita, Capgemini, Logica …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jun 2012
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Maude reckons UK.gov web makeover will save £1.8bn annually

The Cabinet Office claimed today that shoving central government services online will save the UK roughly £1.8bn a year. The 7.5 million or so taxpayers in Blighty who are yet to use the internet may feel slightly miffed. The potential cost saving was the headline figure waved around by Francis Maude's department this morning as …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Nov 2012
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Maude: Open data is UK.gov's 'new way of operating'

Transparency is a new way of operating and the public sector is now more accountable to the public, aided by the release of more than 7,500 datasets, including 800-plus geographical linked datasets via data.gov.uk, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has said. In a parliamentary written answer he said that the government's …
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Francis Maude outlines Public Data Corporation plans

The government intends to have a data policy framework in place by autumn 2011 as part of its preparations for the Public Data Corporation (PDC), according to Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude. Maude was responding to a parliamentary question from Conservative MP Mark Pawsey about the government's plans for the PDC, aimed at …
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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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Francis Maude goes back 110 years for cybersecurity strategy

Francis Maude kicked off his tenure as the UK's lead on Cyberspace Security by recalling the early days of motoring in the UK. On the day that Google unveiled another attempt by Chinese hackers to break into the email accounts of prominent individuals in the US, the Cabinet Secretary suggested that the UK could learn a lot by …
Joe Fay, 02 Jun 2011
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Maude: Gov contracts 'made my eyes water'

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has said he was shocked by things he found when renegotiating government contracts over the summer. Speaking at the government's Open Data conference on 19 November 2010, he told the audience that in the past departments have signed inefficient deals because senior ministers "have not always …
Kable, 19 Nov 2010
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UK.gov wants public sector to rip up data protection law

The British government is in the preliminary stages of designing a controversial system which will share citizens' sensitive personal information across government departments without their consent. Leaked documents show civil servants are planning to mimic the data-sharing systems used by firms like Amazon or Tesco. This could …
Team Register, 04 Aug 2014
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UK picks Open Document Format for all government files

The UK Government has decided that Open Document Format, the OpenOffice-derived file format, is the best choice for all government documents. The Cabinet Office's Standards Hub explained its thinking on the matter and published the recommendation this week, using the following language: “When dealing with citizens, information …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jan 2014
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Thomas and Maude stage open info Commons love-in

The Westminster love-in reached critical proportions this week, threatening to engulf Labour tech specialist Tom Watson. Watson apparently has been doing his damndest to embarrass the new administration by asking questions such as how many plasma and LCD TVs ministers have in their offices. The answer, it would seem, is a fair …
Joe Fay, 11 Jun 2010
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UK government officially adopts Open Document Format

The United Kingdom government has formally adopted the open document format (ODF) as the standard format for government documents. The announcement says PDF/A or HTML are now the standard “for viewing government” while ODF is now expected “for sharing or collaborating on government documents.” There's some pointed language in …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jul 2014
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Maude calls for public choice on open data

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has invited the public to comment on what government data sets should be released. He said the move is part of the effort to define clear principles for the implementation of the transparency agenda across the public sector. The announcement came after the first meeting of the Public Sector …
Kable, 28 Jun 2010
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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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UK.gov: NO MORE tech deals bigger than £100m. Unless we feel like it

Tech titans that grew fat off the public sector purse should take note that IT contracts worth £100m and over are to become a thing of yesteryear - according to the government. This is one of a number of "red lines" that the Cabinet Office published today, in new regulations that are designed to loosen the grip that hefty …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jan 2014
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Usual suspects make UK.gov Digital Services supplier list

Some 183 suppliers have bagged a place on a nine-month, £40m public sector framework to bid for digital services project work, with a third of the firms new to government work. A tender was issued by Government Procurement Services in July. It had been looking for a maximum of 999 suppliers to provide software engineering and …
Paul Kunert, 13 Nov 2013
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Spread the gospel! Tim Berners-Lee's Open Data Institute goes global

The Open Data Institute, an organisation founded by web daddy Sir Tim Berners-Lee and AI prof Sir Nigel Shadbolt, has announced it's setting up 13 "nodes" around the world. The ODI, which is backed with a £10m cash pot provided by taxpayers and based at London's Silicon Roundabout, was created to help businesses use public …

UK.gov's digi-by-default plan slammed: Show us the savings - MPs

A letter that demands answers to a wide range of concerns expressed by MPs about the government's digital-by-default has landed on Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude's desk. The Science and Technology Select Committee's chair Andrew Miller fired off the missive (PDF) to Maude, after gaping holes were spotted in evidence …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jul 2013
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Government dials 999. What service do you require? DIGITAL

Government Procurement Services (GPS) has issued a cross public sector framework tender worth up to £40m over nine months for tech firms that can design, build and run digital services. The framework organiser is looking for a maximum of 999 participants to provide software engineering and ongoing support, system administration …
Paul Kunert, 10 Jul 2013
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Strategy-flinging No 10 civil servant Stephen Kelly turns Sage CEO

A top government civil servant is trading control of the nation’s IT for leadership of Sage Group, the giant accounting software firm that turns over £1.32bn a year. Stephen Kelly is stepping down as UK government chief operating officer to become chief executive of the accounting software firm in November. Kelly will succeed …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Aug 2014
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GCHQ to share threat intel – and declassify SECRET inventions

Blighty intelligence and security bods at GCHQ will share classified info on cyber threats with organisations running the UK’s critical national infrastructure as well as declassifying some of the spy agency's intellectual property. It's all part of a series of moves designed to share its expertise. The agency used its IA14 …
SA Mathieson, 17 Jun 2014
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Hold my feet to the fire using open gov data, pleads minister

Head of the Cabinet Office Francis Maude has told journalists that he wants them to pore over government data and hold the feet of ministers "against the fire". Opening a conference to mark the Open Government Partnership today, he gave a rallying cry to the media everywhere to use data to hold governments to account. Whitehall …
Anna Leach, 18 Oct 2012
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UK.gov chucks another £260m at MOOC-based cyber security training

The UK government has published a progress report praising its own achievements in the two years since it launched an ambitious plan to make Britain the best place to do e-commerce. The National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS), launched in November 2011, also has the goals of making the UK more resilient to cyber attack, building …
John Leyden, 13 Dec 2013

Big 20 cash hoovers: Slurp. Floop. Darn. Sluurrrp. Where's our public sector IT dosh?

Half of the top 20 software and IT services (SITS) suppliers to UK.gov saw their public sector biz decline last year as Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude and his merry band of axemen waged war on the oligopoly. The names on the list collated by TechMarketView remains unchanged on a year ago but the proportion of revenues …
Paul Kunert, 21 Feb 2014
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Microsoft compliance police to NHS: We want your money

Microsoft is playing hardball with the NHS, threatening trusts and authorities with drastically increased software payments over claimed licence violations. The tough talking comes more than a year after an organisational shift began across the NHS (April '13) saw some Primary Care Trusts and strategic health authorities …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jun 2014

UK.gov BANS iPads from Cabinet over foreign eavesdropper fears

iPads and mobile devices have been banned from Cabinet meetings over concerns the mobile devices could be compromised by foreign governments trying to spy on top level government meetings, the Mail on Sunday reports. Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office minister, used iPads in a presentation last week about how the Government …
John Leyden, 04 Nov 2013
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Cabinet Office chucks hefty rulebook at paper-chewing gov bods

The Cabinet Office expects all government offices with new or redesigned online transactional services created after April to be compliant with its money-saving, IT-tightening digital service standards by April 2014, Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude said yesterday at a gathering of "digital warriors". Outlining the Digital …
Anna Leach, 22 Jan 2013
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Whitehall's ball-breaking efficiency tsar quits for a quiet life in Oz

A high-flying Australian apparatchik who was parachuted in to save the coalition government's crisis-hit Universal Credit benefits system has quit the British civil service. David Pitchford, head of the Major Projects Authority, had a formidable reputation as a Whitehall fixer-upper, tasked with troubleshooting big ticket …
Jasper Hamill, 04 Jul 2013

URGH! GPS, that's another delayed mess you've got us into - suppliers

Government Procurement Services is running well behind schedule on the forthcoming £1.2bn replacement to its exiting IT product framework before tender documents have even been dispatched to suppliers. Tech firms told us they had been due to receive the documented structure for the Commodity IT Hardware and Software (CITHS) lots …
Paul Kunert, 25 Nov 2013

UK.gov's Open Source switch WON'T get rid of Microsoft, y'know

Freetards are elated: Call-me-Dave’s people in the Cabinet Office have done the right thing and backed the Open Document Format as the default government file format. From now on, all electronic documents produced and used by Whitehall and government agencies must use the Open Document Format (ODF). ODF is the open …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jul 2014
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GOV.UK's criminal record check IT job blow: Home Office snubs new design

More rumblings of conflict between the Cabinet Office's Government Digital Service - the team creating trendy GOV.UK - and other mandarins were heard echoing around Whitehall last night. Late on Tuesday, the Cabinet Office slipped out a statement in which it buried the news that GDS has suffered two significant blows. It said …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Dec 2013
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UK.gov unzips, pulls out £100m wad for its favourite suppliers

The UK Cabinet Office says as much as £100m of public-sector IT contracts are now up for grabs for the 458 cloud services providers approved by Whitehall. All the government needs to do now is teach IT buyers in the public sector how to actually use the newly launched UK.gov G-Cloud 2 CloudStore, Blighty's online procurement …
Paul Kunert, 26 Oct 2012
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Cabinet Office: We've cut taxpayers' SAP and Microsoft bills

The Cabinet Office estimates it will squeeze out £65m in savings this fiscal year through a public-sector-wide deal it recently cut with Microsoft. As revealed by The Channel, the Public Sector Agreement 2012 replaces the last iteration (PSA09) from 1 July – with licences locked for three years at 1 per cent above previous …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jun 2012
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UK.gov: Some Open Data are more open than others

The government’s long-awaited Open Data white paper, published this morning, introduces standards for “higher data usability”, according to the minister in charge. Frances Maude made the claim in the paper, available here, that was published following an extended period of consultation on how government data should be released …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jun 2012
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Facebook wonk among 'digital' advisers to Cabinet Office

Facebook's head Brussels' policy wonk Richard Allan is among the names joining a digital advisory group created by the Cabinet Office. Francis Maude's department confirmed that the collective would unsurprisingly be chaired by digerati darling Martha Lane Fox, who carried out a review of the government's online services in late …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Apr 2012
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UK.gov: 'Foreign cyber reconnaissance' underway in UK

Foreign states may already have used malware to map the networks that support the UK's critical infrastructure systems, the government admitted. The admission by government officials came in the run-up to a parliamentary statement by Cabinet Office minister, Francis Maude, marking the first anniversary of the UK's government's …
John Leyden, 04 Dec 2012

Government IT contracts to be scrutinised by UK competition watchdog

Britain's competition regulator plans to investigate whether too few suppliers command an unhealthy share of the government IT market. The Office of Fair Trading is seeking views from technology providers and purchasers working in the public sector to find out if it's tough for small businesses to bid for government contracts. …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Jul 2013
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London Olympics 'not immune' to cyber attack

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has warned that the London Olympics will not be immune to cyber attack. The man who urged all Blighty to start stocking up on petrol by pouring it into jerry cans said that a crack team has been set up dedicated to guarding the Games against attack. "The Beijing Olympics saw 12 million …

Public sector exempted from swingeing Microsoft UK price hike

The British government will not feel the squeeze of Microsoft price rises on volume licensing when the three-year Public Sector Agreement (PSA)12 launches on 1 July, The Register can reveal. The company yesterday gave UK resellers and customers a preview of the new look price list, also due to kick in at the start of July, …
Paul Kunert, 02 May 2012
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NAO: £4bn of gov work doled out to just 4 outsourcing giants

In spite of the Cabinet Office's tough talk about binning hefty suppliers whose performance is crappy, four outsourcing giants caught up in contractual issues have amassed £4bn of government business. The fabulous four include Capita, Serco, G4S and Atos, which collectively banked £1.05bn in profits globally in 2012. Between …
Paul Kunert, 12 Nov 2013
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UK govt to KILL OFF Directgov within weeks

New Labour's Directgov is about to be tossed into the rubbish bin, after it was revealed today that Britain's public services website would be replaced by the Cabinet Office's single government domain on 17 October. That project, dubbed GOV.UK, surfaced into public view in May 2011 when Francis Maude's department initially …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Sep 2012
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Cabinet Office unveils Public Services Network suppliers list

The Cabinet Office has confirmed that 12 out of 16 bidders made it onto the Public Services Network (PSN) framework. The pan-government agreement – a brainchild of the previous administration – is made up of managed telecoms services to "ease collaboration and communication" between various public sector departments. Suppliers …
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2012
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Axe falls on Directgov as GOV.UK launches

The government's new £4.6m-and-counting public services single domain website GOV.UK officially replaced Directgov this morning. Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude confirmed in late 2010 that New Labour's garishly orange-coloured site would be killed off in favour of a new online service that followed Martha Lane Fox's …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Oct 2012
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UK cyber security plan delayed till October

The UK government's Cyber Security Strategy publication for this year is now expected in mid-October, after being delayed until after the party conference season. The Minister for Cyber Security, Francis Maude, was due to make a parliamentary statement on the strategy before the end of the month, but Thursday is the last day …
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Ex-gov man McCluggage on G-Cloud's slow descent

It’s a long march towards realising G-Cloud and releasing consistent data across government, says Bill McCluggage – who until recently helped lead the charge on cloud. He also spoke about how government would manage the release of Open Data from its data centres and on the public cloud. The former deputy government CIO told The …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jul 2012
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National Audit Office tears government's savings claims in HALF

The National Audit Office has questioned the Cabinet Office's weighty ICT savings claims and revealed it still does not know how many small biz suppliers are winning public sector contracts. Minister Francis Maude's merry band claims it saved taxpayers £702m on tech and comms spending in fiscal 2012 ended March - £354m through …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jan 2013
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Big Data megaslurp 'to save UK.gov £30 BILLION pa', raves thinktank

Politicians should use their own expectations of privacy to judge how far the government should go when digging through databases and marrying up disparate information on individual citizens. That's the conclusion of a report published by Tory think tank Policy Exchange, which counts among its list of trustees California-based …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Jul 2012
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UK.gov claims it's giving doubled cash to SMEs ... now 13%

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude claimed today that the government was "on track" to double the monetary value of business going to small- and medium-sized firms by April this year. “Governments might be able to print money but it is SMEs who make it successful. SMEs are crucial to the future of this country and can save …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Mar 2012
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UK.gov cloud is 'biggest breakthrough' - UK.gov cloud CIO

The UK public sector's IT bazaar Cloudstore sold about £500,000 of services between February and April this year, government CIO Andy Nelson said. Speaking at the Cloud Computing World Forum, Nelson said the launch of the G-Cloud and Cloudstore, from which government departments can purchase technology, was the “biggest single …