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...
Government faces 'mass exodus' of IT contractors as HMRC clamps down on tax rules
Experts say HMRC's online tool to help contractors calculate tax status is 'not fit for purpose' as effects of IR35 reforms start to bite
GOV.UK Notify goes live for central government, with local government to launch this year
The Government Digital Service’s notification service has gone live across all central government departments, with local government – and letters – next on the team’s list.
MPs and experts call for more digital health records as NHS mail goes undelivered
The government has been urged to focus on speeding up move to digital healthcare records amid accusations that the NHS covered up the loss of more than half a million pieces of confidential patient data over five years.
Prisons bill confirms plans to extend virtual hearings and offer online guilty pleas
The government has said it will extend its use of virtual hearings, and install booths in courtrooms to allow the media and the public to observe such hearings.
John Manzoni: Care.data was a ‘misstep’ that ‘put us back a long way’
The chief executive of the civil service has said that the now scrapped NHS patient data-sharing programme Care.data was a “misstep” that put efforts to increase government data sharing back.
HMRC claims digital tax success as personal registration exceeds 7m target
There were 7.4 million people using a digital personal tax account by the end of 2016 – 400,000 more than its initial target – according to HMRC’s quarterly performance figures.
HMRC to develop separate identity assurance service to replace Government Gateway
HMRC has said that it will develop its identity assurance solution to replace Government Gateway when it ends in March 2018 – rather than using the government’s flagship GOV.UK Verify.
‘Bring IT back in’: Former DWP minister says outsourcing is a fundamental mistake
The minister responsible for overseeing the creation of the Universal Credit programme has said that Whitehall's outsourcing of IT is a “fundamental mistake” and that government needs to work to attract more digital talent.
Whitehall slammed for poor cyber security coordination and 'dysfunctional' breach reporting
The government has taken too long to consolidate and coordinate the “alphabet soup” of cyber security agencies and faces “a real struggle” to find staff with the right skills to tackle threats, MPs have said.
HMRC promises thorough pilots for digital tax reforms but stops short of delaying launch
HMRC has said it will pilot its digital tax reforms on “hundreds of thousands” of businesses before roll out, but has maintained its initial timeline for implementation – despite MPs branding it “wholly unrealistic”.
NHS shares patient information with Home Office for immigration enforcement
A government document has revealed the patient information sharing agreements between NHS Digital and the Home Office, while data shows that more than 8,000 requests were made in 2016.
NCSC launches hunt for schoolgirl tech talent
The new National Cyber Security Centre is attempting to improve gender equality in the IT sector by launching a competition for budding female techies.
IT failures 'contributed to HMRC contract termination'
IT failures and an inability to cope with the volume of calls led to the early termination of an Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs contract with supplier Concentrix, according to a spending watchdog.
Whitehall’s digital record legacy poses ‘real and immediate risks’ to operations and compliance
Much of the digital information that government has amassed over the past two decades is poorly organised and “almost impossible” to search, a Cabinet Office report has said.
HMRC trials voice ID
The UK’s tax authority is this month launching a trial for customers to use voice ID to speed up security steps.
MPs call for delay to implementation of ‘over-ambitious’ digital tax plans
The government’s timeline for implementing plans to digitise record keeping and reporting of tax is “wholly unrealistic” and should be delayed until at least 2019-20, the House of Commons Treasury Committee has said.
Former Australian CDO Paul Shetler: ‘Governments need to radically upskill their people’
Governments need to stop relying on outsourcing and make sure they have competent public servants who can deal with technology, the former leader of the Australia’s Digital Transformation Office has said.
NHS to trial online CBT services as part of £67.7m investment in digital mental health
The prime minister Theresa May has announced plans to improve online advice and information on mental health and increase the use of digitally assisted therapies.
Government Commercial Function offers upwards of £100,000 for high-profile ICT roles
The cross-government network for civil servants specialising in procurement is recruiting for a number of senior digital and technology roles for people, including the position of commercial director of IT for HMRC.
Socitm to focus on leadership, smart places, cyber and infrastructure
The association of IT and digital professionals in local government has announced its plans for 2017 research and policy projects.
Political upheaval, Blockchain and data protection: What does 2017 have in store for tech?
As the New Year approaches, PublicTechnology takes a look at what we might expect in the world of digital government in 2017.