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Defra recruiting 1,400 policy wonks to pick up the pieces after Brexit

Exclusive Defra – the UK government's Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs – is hiring 1,400 "business policy" folk so it can untangle itself from Europe after Brexit, according to multiple insiders. Of those, 300 will be looking at the tech/policy side of things, including decoupling systems from decades of European …
Kat Hall, 17 Aug 2017
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UK's food, farms and greens dept gives in to IBM, Capgemini addiction

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) is the latest UK government body to beg for "just one more hit" with its system integrators, prolonging its IBM and Capgemini contracts by one year. Defra extended its IBM deal to July 2019, which was originally signed in 2004, and its Capgemini contract to August …
Kat Hall, 7 Jul 2017
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MPs slam gov heads over 'childishness' on failed farmer IT project

Senior UK government officials were hauled in front of MPs yesterday to defend their deeply "dysfunctional" and "childish" behaviour, which contributed to the botched £215m Common Agricultural Policy IT system, and up to £180m in EU fines. Government Chief Technology Officer Liam Maxwell from the Government Digital Service, …
Kat Hall, 10 Dec 2015
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UK will pay EU £180m in fines due to botched CAP IT system – NAO

The UK may have to pay Europe up to £180m per year in fines due to the botched implementation of the 'digital by default' IT system for farmers' Common Agricultural Payments - the National Audit Office has said today. In March this year plans to make the system online-only were scrapped following the failure of the online …
Kat Hall, 1 Dec 2015
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Another GDS cockup: Rural Payments Agency cans £154m IT system

The Rural Payments Agency has frozen part of its new "digital" £154m Common Agricultural Payments IT system to provide EU subsidies to farmers and told them to go back to pen and paper. The system was intended to allow farmers to confirm their fields were correctly allocated, using an online interface for the first time. The …
Kat Hall, 20 Mar 2015
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Get internet access to those POOR country bumpkins, says UK.gov

Rural areas are at risk of being unable to access online-only government services thanks to poor internet connectivity, a Parliamentary report said today. Anne McIntosh MP, chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, said the current broadband target of reaching 95 per cent of premises with 24 Mbps by 2017 may …
Kat Hall, 3 Feb 2015
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Yes, we need two million licences - DEFRA

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and its agencies are still forking out vast amounts of taxpayer cash on no less than two million Oracle licences, despite efforts by the government to slash expensive annual ERP fees. According to a Freedom of Information response to El Reg, DEFRA and some other relatively …
Kat Hall, 7 Jan 2015
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Pitchforks at dawn! UK gov's Verify ID service FAILS to verify ID

The UK government has been forced to defend its gaffe-ridden Identity Assurance scheme, dubbed "Verify", after a public beta version it released failed to work for some farmers who tried to register for a service using the new system. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which has been testing the tech …
Kelly Fiveash, 2 Nov 2014
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UK.gov tries to close site giving home addresses of badger cull figures

The British government has unleashed a legal threat against a website hosted in the US that is currently displaying the names, home addresses and personal telephone numbers of MPs, farmers and others who are said to be in support of the controversial UK badger cull. The Register spoke with a man going only by the name "Jay", …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Oct 2012
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Defra gives IBM 21% MORE dosh this year

IBM has increased its dominance of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' (Defra) budget, after a 21 per cent increase in its income from the department. The firm now receives nearly a quarter of Defra's £398.7m spending with external suppliers. Defra paid the firm £99.1m in 2010-11, according to figures …
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Scottish gov moans over broadband cash handout

The Scottish government isn't happy about the trifling amount of cash UK.gov's culture secretary splashed on the rollout of broadband in that country yesterday. Jeremy Hunt allocated £68.8m to Scotland from the £530m pot set aside as part of his ambitious plans to gift the UK with the fastest broadband network in Europe by …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Aug 2011
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Government agrees terms with cloud supplier

A cloud computing service provider has claimed an agreement with a central government working group to make it the first supplier in the field to deal with government as a single customer. Huddle said it has developed common terms and conditions and a pricing model for all of its business with government in agreement with a …
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Welsh battle killer shrimp invasion

The Welsh have taken to nets and catfood to battle a Caspian crustacean invasion that could have a "devastating impact on native species". According to the BBC, the 3cm Dikerogammarus villosus shrimp has over the last decade made its way from the Black and Caspian seas via arteries such as the Danube and Rhine Canal. …
Lester Haines, 3 Mar 2011
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Defra gifts £22m to payments quango

An answer sneaked out in the last days before parliament’s summer recess raises questions as to just what the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is spending its ICT budget on. Because alongside a few tens of thousands spent on IT for sustainable development and animal health, and a slightly more …
Jane Fae , 12 Aug 2010
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Eco computer game cost taxpayers £47 per play

In what may be the most expensive "spontaneous" outburst of grassroots political expression since Mao's Cultural Revolution, the old farming ministry DEFRA paid more than £8m over two years to civic society groups if they spread the correct message about Global Warming. These included a computer game that was used so …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Feb 2010
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Defra tenders for sheep tracking database

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will pay £6m over five years for an animal movements reporting service. The electronic identification (EID) database will be used to track sheep and will link to an animal movement licensing system. According to the notice published in the Official Journal of the European …
Kable, 5 Feb 2010
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MPs decry lack of honeybee action

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) says the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has given "little priority" to protecting the UK's honeybees, and wants the department to up its game in the face of a dramatic population decline. The PAC estimates the value of the pollinating insects as £200m a year to …
Lester Haines, 14 Jul 2009
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Gov launches 'Healthy Bees' plan

Defra and the Welsh Assembly Government today announced a ten-year "Healthy Bees" plan to combat the serious decline in honeybee numbers. The main thrust of the plan - formulated following a public consultation - is to "sustain honeybee populations by supporting beekeepers to ensure effective biosecurity measures are adopted …
Lester Haines, 9 Mar 2009

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