There needs to be a “root and branch overhaul” of the role and use of IT in delivering digital public services that goes beyond a single organisation, the society representing IT professionals in local government has said.
The government needs to ensure it uses a range of technologies or risk putting off developers and repeating digital transformation mistakes of the past, a Ministry of Justice technical architect has said.
The Cabinet Office has announced that 18 more local authorities are to join a pilot that aims to shave £20m off the cost of keeping electoral registers up to date.
Police forces are failing to put IT at the centre of their work, set data-sharing plans or ensure staff have good digital skills, a review has said.
The UK's spending watchdog has said that the government’s decision to postpone complex digital reforms in creating the new state pension allowed it to meet its implementation deadline - but that operational savings have been slashed.
Arif Harbott, the chief digital and information office at the Ministry of Justice, has joined the Government Digital Service on a short-term contract to advise on digital, data and technology.
Digital advocate Martha Lane Fox has urged MPs and ministers to boost their data literacy as the government’s Digital Economy Bill makes its way through parliament.
The government needs to address public sector salaries, the 1% cap on pay rises and the leadership qualities it looks for if it is to attract and retain the best digital talent, digital experts have said.
Institute for Government report identifies issues with leadership, legacy systems and retention of skilled staff, while warning of Brexit ‘distraction’.
The Home Office has extended its multi-million pound IT contract with Fujitsu until April 2018.
More than half of public sector IT workers have not used G-Cloud in the past year, while just a quarter say cloud adoption is an important challenge for the next year, a study has said.
As the UK’s first director general for digital heads for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, and the Government Digital Service struggles to maintain its footing at the centre, David Walker asks what the reality is for government digital.
The government is looking to create a new recruitment platform for government that will replace Civil Service Jobs, which it says is not meeting user needs.
Study claims that 850,000 jobs could be lost to automation by 2030 and suggests that public servants’ patience is running thin over delays to digitisation.
The discovery phase of the next iteration of the cloud procurement platform has found that users struggle with ineffective searches, producing audit trails and difficulty comparing suppliers.
In his first press briefing since taking over at the Government Digital Service, Kevin Cunnington has indicated plans for lighter spend controls, a greater national presence – and perhaps a farewell to bunting.
Mike Stone, the chief information officer at the Ministry of Defence, is to leave the civil service at the end of the financial year.
The government has created a new director general position for digital and media in a bid to boost the UK’s digital economy, appointing former British ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould to the role.
The Office for National Statistics has named Tom Smith, the co-founder of an Oxford data science spin-out company, the managing director of its new data science campus.
The second iteration of Digital Outcomes and Specialists will open for applications on 1 November, as the Government Digital Service publishes the draft legal documents for applications.
Scott Moore, business analyst for the Scottish Improvement Service, won a Socitm scholarship to research digital public service trend in Seoul during the summer. Here he looks back on he learnt during his summer investigating the city’s digital transformation.