Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

DWP launches £80m document management tender

23 January 2017

The Department for Work and Pensions has launched the hunt for a supplier to handle its document management services.

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G-Cloud 9 applications set to open in March

23 January 2017

Suppliers of cloud-based technology to government will be able to apply for the ninth iteration of the G-Cloud framework from March, the government has announced.

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Government side-steps questions over Digital Strategy delay

23 January 2017

The government is to examine how it plans to maintain the UK’s digital economy after Brexit, it has announced.

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NCSC launches hunt for schoolgirl tech talent

20 January 2017

The new National Cyber Security Centre is attempting to improve gender equality in the IT sector by launching a competition for budding female techies.

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IT failures 'contributed to HMRC contract termination'

20 January 2017

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...

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TechUK creates Brexit advisory panel

20 January 2017

Digital industry body techUK has launched an independent advisory panel to provide advice on how to make Brexit work for the sector.

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Whitehall’s digital record legacy poses ‘real and immediate risks’ to operations and compliance

19 January 2017

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.

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NHS England moots regional-level data collection to support national analytics

19 January 2017

Regional NHS bodies could soon be asked to collect patient information to create a ‘data-lake’ for use at a national level, according to an NHS England consultation document....

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Civil service chief John Manzoni urges change as data revolution ‘comes for government’

18 January 2017

The increased status of data scientists in government means analysis can no longer be seen as the “preserve of a policy elite”, John Manzoni, the chief executive of the civil service has said.

Local councils ‘should be at the forefront’ of national cyber security

24 January 2017

This time last year Lincolnshire’s IT systems were taken out for five days after a cyber attack. The council’s information management lead Richard Wills tells Gill Hitchcock why councils are a target and how good communications can keep systems safe.

Colin Cook, Scottish Government

Interview: Colin Cook, Scottish Government acting director of digital

23 January 2017

Colin Cook, the Scottish Government's acting director of digital, says that the devolution of powers from Westminster presents opportunities to build digital-first services.

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Political upheaval, Blockchain and data protection: What does 2017 have in store for tech?

23 December 2016

As the New Year approaches, PublicTechnology takes a look at what we might expect in the world of digital government in 2017. 

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GDS boss Cunnington reveals biggest challenge of 2017 - and his penchant for festive beer

14 December 2016

The Government Digital Service's director general Kevin Cunnington has offered PublicTechnology's sister publication Civil Service World an insight into his goals for next year, taken a look back on 2016 - and spilled the beans on his favourite Christmas gift - as part of CSW's annual permanent secretary round up.

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Making waves: How Greenwich council is embracing innovative technologies

9 December 2016

The Royal Borough of Greenwich is best known for its nautical history, but the council’s digital team is now setting its course for super-fast connectivity and cutting-edge technologies. Gill Hitchcock reports.  

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Transforming Whitehall IT: GDS celebrates five years at the heart of government digital

8 December 2016

The Government Digital Service was officially launched on 8 December 2011. Rebecca Hill takes a look back at five years of transformation, trials and tribulations at the central government team.

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Mapping out transformative public services with a geospatial data hub

17 January 2017

Idriss Mekrez, chief technology officer for the public sector at MarkLogic, sets out the potential geospatial mapping has for the public sector.

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Local government voice telephony doesn’t have to be a Cinderella service

22 December 2016

Freddy Kanter of Foehn argues that voice communications can make a greater contribution to councils' cost-cutting activities - and that its time in the spotlight has come.

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Transformation strategy delays: Government urgently needs to take digital out of limbo

21 December 2016

That the long-awaited digital strategy has fallen by the wayside is not a surprise, but ministers must move to demonstrate their commitment to digital quickly, writes PublicTechnology's online editor Rebecca Hill. 

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Starting at the right end of digital care: Place-based and citizen centric care is a task for GDS and NHS Digital

20 December 2016

Jos Creese, independent digital consultant and principal Analyst for Eduserv, says that technology should promote fundamental change in our care services – and argues that this is the responsibility of everyone from local providers to central government. 

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Social impact in the spotlight: Why the public sector must embrace collaborative platforms

15 December 2016

Public services are in for a tough decade, facing constrained budgets and political upheaval. But Nesta’s Matt Stokes argues that governments must take advantage of the collaborative economy to change the way they tackle social challenges.

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Whitehall’s digital divide

1 December 2016

The government needs a unified approach to front and back office functions if it wants to make the cost savings digital promises, argues Jane Roberts of TopLevel.