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British bureaucrats are world's most social-media-tastic

Cheer up, Britain. Your government may not be able to control either its borders or its rivers, and it may have sent its farmers back to using pen and paper and telephone hotlines. But there's one way it still leads the world, according to the Head of the British Civil Service. The Whitehall supremo says the UK is the best in …

Boris Johnson backs trade union campaign to ungag civil servants

Boris Johnson and the FDA trade union are calling for the government to lift new restrictions on civil servants' contact with the media, which was quietly implemented following an update to the Civil Service Code slipped through earlier this month. The addition to the Civil Service Code earlier this month requires that all …
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Facebook foolishness foils (un)civil servant's squirm up greasy pole

Welsh bureaucrats are in trouble again for their use of social networking websites: seven civil servants have now been disciplined for their comments on Facebook or Twitter. The latest staff member to draw bosses' ire for online tomfoolery has been banned from promotion for a year after posting remarks on Facebook that were …
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Welsh bureaucrats busted for getting political on Twitter, Facebook

Three Welsh civil servants were slapped down last year for giving out their opinions on social media, a Freedom of Information request from the BBC has revealed. One public servant got a slapdown for posting a comment about Government policy on Twitter, a second tweeting bureaucrat criticised a government consultation and a …
Anna Leach, 5 Mar 2013
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Conmen swipe 100,000 Brits' sensitive info in UK.gov fraud bid

Crooks attempted to defraud the UK government after swiping sensitive details on tens of thousands of civil servants, postmen, BT staff and public-sector workers, The Register has learnt. The audacious raid of personal information on state and private-sector employees is the subject of a two-and-a-half-year criminal …
Anna Leach, 27 Nov 2012
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Liberator: the untold story of the first British laptop part 1

Archaeologic In 1985, the UK home computer boom was over. Those computer manufacturers who had survived the sales wasteland that was Christmas 1984 quickly began to turn their attention away from the home users they had courted through the first half of the 1980s to the growing and potentially much more lucrative business market. The IBM …
Tony Smith, 12 Nov 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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Dole-office civil servants allowed Twitter but no Facebook

Twitter is fine for civil servants at the Department for Work and Pensions but Facebook is strictly banned, the Minister for Employment Chris Grayling ruled in a response to a written question by Lib Dem MP Jo Swinson. As well as tweeting, Work & Pensions department staff are permitted to upload employment information and make …
Anna Leach, 12 Sep 2011
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UK.gov's 'public data' wagon spews out civil service lists

As disquiet over pay and pensions among civil servants throughout the land looks set to lead to strikes aplenty later this month, the Cabinet Office has been busy compiling lists about its public sector workers to underline its "transparency" pledge. Organisational charts on the UK Civil Service were published on the data.gov. …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Jun 2011
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Former Civil Service chief calls for climate shakeup

Interview The former head of the civil service has called for a new approach from scientists and policy makers to restore waning trust in climate scientists. Speaking to The Register, Lord Andrew Turnbull, former cabinet secretary and head of the Home Civil Service between 2002 and 2005, says the University of East Anglia's internal …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Sep 2010
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Government goes after outsourced staff T&Cs

The government is considering ending the right of workers at outsourcing firms to expect broadly similar working conditions to those enjoyed by their co-workers who previously worked in the public sector. The change is not about TUPE - which regulates the initial transfer of staff - but subsequent recruitment. A voluntary code …
John Oates, 28 Jul 2010
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Tory questions identify government's best paid CIOs

Two chief information officers are in the civil service's highest standard pay band: health's Christine Connelly and work and pensions' Joe Harley. Christine Connelly is employed on senior civil service pay band three, with a salary of between £99,960 and £205,000 for her permanent contract as the Department of Health's …
Kable, 8 Jan 2010
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Whitehall mulls new police leak investigations

The head of the civil service is considering calling police in over leaks from parts of the government that deal with national security issues. Sir Gus O'Donnell, the Cabinet Secretary, told MPs information is escaping from what he called "sensitive" areas, but he has so far not called police in. "I'm trying to work out …
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Wasted billions of government IT spending exposed

The massive increase in government IT spending under New Labour has had no impact on the productivity of the public sector, a new analysis reveals. Work by Jerry Fishenden, who was until recently Microsoft's national technology officer for the UK and is now a visiting senior fellow at the London School of Economics, shows that …
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MoD sticks with 'most decrepit browser in the world'

Members of the armed forces will carry on using Microsoft's outdated Internet Explorer 6 browser, contravening the government's own advice on internet security. According to parliamentary written answers received by Labour MP Tom Watson, the majority of departments still require staff to use IE6. Most have plans to upgrade to …
Kable, 23 Jul 2009
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Government appoints Twittercrat

Meet the fresh young face of Government 2.0. It's Andrew Stott, and he's our new "Twittercrat"* - or the new Director of Digital Engagement, to give him his official title. Young professional and peer group leader: Stott The £160,000-a-year post has been condemned by opposition MPs as "a grotesque amount of public money to …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 May 2009
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PA Consulting begs for mercy after data loss axing

PA Consulting has blamed its loss of the personal details of the entire UK prison population on a rogue employee in an apparent plea not to be kicked off any more big government contracts. Jacqui Smith, in a decidedly un-wacky mood, gave the firm's £1.5m JTrack offender data deal the chop yesterday saying there had been a " …
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UK.gov calls on white hat hackers to spot data leaks

The civil service's systems will be subjected to new attacks by independent white hat hackers in a bid to spot weaknesses in government data handling before catastrophic losses occur, it was announced today. The white hat programme is one of a suite of targets, training and scrutiny measures that Cabinet Secretary Gus O' …

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