Government offers £120k for leader of Public Sector Fraud Authority
Newly established data-centric entity begins recruitment for first permanent head
HMRC seeks complete ‘digital fingerprint’ of online interactions to help fight fraud
Tax agency engages with suppliers that could provide tools to capture and analyse a wide range...
Cabinet Office migrates data as Covid fraud hotline is wound down
Dedicated reporting tools for coronavirus-related scams are being shuttered and case information...
Accuracy of HMRC’s tax calculating tool questioned in House of Commons
Finance Bill debate raises concerns over tax authority’s IR35 calculator
Government ‘still committed’ to digitisation of tax system as Finance Bill passed by MPs
Financial secretary to the Treasury tells parliament that Making Tax Digital is not gone for good
Chancellor to jettison Making Tax Digital plans from Finance Bill
Wash-up period sees government compromise to rush crucial tax legislation through House of Commons today
‘Tragedy in waiting’: Government slammed over potential six-month gap in emergency service communications
Plan to update emergency services communications network dealt another blow as scathing Public Accounts Committee report warns of “potentially catastrophic” impact on public safety
BT bags £100m contract with Met Police
Company to provide a range of cloud and IT services as part of the Met’s technology transformation programme
Government ‘clearly failed’ to properly test Register to Vote site ahead of EU referendum
MPs slam government for lack of clear technical leadership and contingency planning to deal with website collapse
‘A symbolic moment has passed’: Prospective city mayors have missed the chance to champion tech
In three weeks, voters in Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool get to choose new mayors, but you’d be hard pushed to find much mention of tech in their manifestos, says David Walker. He asks if there’s a reason for their seemingly half-hearted approach to IT...
Demos: Whitehall needs to understand the limitations of big data tools
Think tank says data dashboards have the potential to mislead and urges government to boost staff’s data science skills
Treasury Committee: ‘Collapse in confidence’ in HMRC’s customs IT system
Committee chairman asks to see contingency plans for replacement of existing customs programme as doubt is cast on readiness for Brexit
Contracting site claims half of contractors could be caught inside IR35 as deadline looms
Analysis comes amid reports that the contractors behind HMRC’s own tax status assessment tool are set to leave the public sector because of the clampdown
Verify business case ‘undermined’ by its performance, as GDS ‘struggle to adapt’ to changing role
NAO says GDS has a ‘long way to go’ in a report that lays bare the problems faced by the government's flagship identity assurance programme Verify
HMRC urged to undertake comprehensive pilot of Making Tax Digital as costs remain unclear
Detailed figures released by the Treasury reveal how much businesses are expected to have to spend on hardware, software and training
Interview: Conservative peer Chris Holmes calls for a considered but can-do attitude from government on blockchain
Two sides to the BitCoin? Conservative peer Chris Holmes talks to Rebecca Hill about being positive about blockchain’s potential for public services without seeing it as a ‘wonder drug’.
Scottish digital strategy set out plans for assurance, training and common platforms
The Scottish government will implement a “tough” assurance process for digital projects, mandate the use of common technologies and offer training to make sure civil servants “get digital”.
ICO: Councils need to sharpen up on data protection ahead of GDPR
Survey shows lack of preparedness as data protection watchdog slaps £60,000 fine on Norfolk County Council
GDS to expand Verify team as pressure to increase user numbers mounts
The Government Digital Service is recruiting for a new service manager for its identity assurance programme Verify as as part of the push to increase users of the service by more than 20 million.
Interview: GDS leader Kevin Cunnington on 'self-help groups', spend controls and cold water swimming
After a tumultuous first six months as director general of the Government Digital Service, Kevin Cunnington has finally got the long-awaited Transformation Strategy off his desk and is looking forward to an office move. He tells Rebecca Hill about Whitehall “self-help groups”, reforms to spend controls and cold water swimming.
Hounslow signs £75m 10-year contract with Liberata
The London Borough of Hounslow is one of two London councils to sign new long-term deals with Liberata.
Waterfall approach 'contributed' to failure of £46m project to build Scottish police IT system
Accenture “underestimated the complexity” of the project to build a national IT system for Police Scotland, with the decision to use a waterfall approach being a major reason for its failure, a report has said.
‘Don’t be scared to let people use your tech’, government IT teams told
DfE IT leader Dave Rutt has called on digital teams to let users test their tech – and raised concerns that tax reforms are driving contractors out of the public sector.
Police forces not keeping pace with technology, says constabulary inspectorate
Police forces across the UK are struggling to cope with technologically advanced crimes and are failing to exploit digital investigative techniques, a report has said.