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.
The Government Digital Service is planning to review around 30% of departments' digital projects based on "continuous interactions" with tech teams rather than set spending limits.
The London Borough of Hounslow is one of two London councils to sign new long-term deals with Liberata.
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.
In the past year, the Government Digital Service has boosted the proportion of women speaking at external events from 25% to 41.7%.
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.
Budget 2017’s focus on innovation and technology welcomed, but industry calls for ambition to be matched by action
Tech companies have welcomed the focus on innovation and IT skills in yesterday’s Spring Budget, but called for the government to follow up its ambition with targeted actions.
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.
Individual councils could save up to £80m on IT spend alone over the next decade by adopting common platforms like GOV.UK Verify, according to government estimates.
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
A lack of benchmarking data on digital transformation programmes in government makes it hard to evaluate success at a time when it has ever been more important, says Jane Roberts, strategy director at TopLevel.
The government has published its long-awaited Digital Strategy, which sets out plans to increase digital inclusion, data skills and industry links.
The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has announced it will investigate the use of algorithms in decision-making after holding a Dragons’ Den-style pitching process for inquiry topics.
The government’s long-awaited Digital Strategy is expected to include £17m for artificial intelligence, a review of AI technologies and support for smart devices, cyber security and autonomous vehicles.
The government’s latest digital procurement framework has attracted 60% more suppliers than the previous iteration of the platform.
The digital team at the Department for Work and Pensions has designed an application to give policy teams easier access to the information they need to identify and develop policy interventions.
Countries that want to use digital tools to increase public engagement with the democratic process must gain cross-party support for the intervention and be honest about what it will and will not do, a report has said.
How can government raise its tech game? The digital tools transforming democracy for today and tomorrow
The UK’s model of governance seems impervious to radical technological change, but elsewhere in the world, countries are getting digital democracy right, says Theo Bass, a researcher at innovation foundation Nesta and author of a report looking at the tools governments have at their fingertips.
The government could change the public’s perception of big data projects by focusing on improving its marketing as well as increasing transparency, a conference has been told.
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.
Suppliers offering IT systems for personalised healthcare need to gain approval from NHS England, as the body aims to ensure healthcare providers are using high quality solutions that offer good value for money.