When IT Meets Politics:

HMRC

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January 10, 2017  1:12 PM

NAO queries HMRC plans to relocate people instead of using technology

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, centralisation, HMRC, NAO, Uncategorized

The BBC News today carries the news that HMRC has just realised that current plans to move 38,000 staff into 13 regional centres may be "unrealistic" . The intention to move from 170 local offices to shared city centre "Government Hubs" and...

March 10, 2016  11:38 AM

If Verify is the answer -what was the question? The politics of digital identities revisited

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CEDR, Defra, eIDAS, experian, FCO, Government Gateway, HMRC, Identrust, MasterCard, Notary, RELX, Swift, Trsuteer, Verify, visa, Vocalink, Yoti

The design of the Government "Verify" programme predates the European eIDAS regulation (covering the exchange of identities between public sector...


August 20, 2015  2:01 PM

Ashley Madison hack illustrates why third party cyber- liability is as uninsurable as IPR theft

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apple, asbestos, Big Data, celebgate, CEO, CIO, CISO, Cyber insurance, GDS, HMRC, IRS, Target, Verify

A couple of weeks ago I blogged on why insurers regard Big Data as the new asbestos: the source of massive claims triggered by the leakage and legacy of a useful but widely...


May 14, 2015  2:29 PM

What difference will the election make to Central and Local Government IT?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, BIS, BP, Broadband, CCTA, DCLG, Defra, dwp, GDS, Gigaclear, HMRC, Maldon, NZONI, Ofcom, rural, Socitm

Now that the ministerial appointments have been made we can make a reasonable forecast of what is likely to happen to central and local government IT over the 18 months. That is the period the...


May 11, 2015  4:50 PM

What difference will the election result make to the Digital World?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
4G, 5G, apprenticeships, BDUK, BT, Capita, dwp, European Union, HMRC, IPv6, MITIE, NAO, Serco, SME, Socitm, Universal Credit

The first and most obvious difference that the election has made is that sterling and the stock market have both risen: with telecoms (BT and Colt) and outsourcing companies (Capita, MITIE and Serco) rising above the trend. The general rise indicates that the pressure on public finances is...


March 20, 2015  8:14 AM

The reason for the ambiguity of the budget statement on Verify has been explained

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
.gov.uk, Asdpire, budget, Cabinet office, dwp, GDS, HMRC, Verify

Yesterday this blog was devoted to Jim Prideaux's take on the budget. Last night a reader pointed out the reason for the ambiguity,


February 20, 2015  5:33 PM

How do I tell if this offer to get government to pay for business broadband is genuine?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, Business, HMRC, Ofcom, rural, SME, Vouchers

I recently signed up to the HMRC advisory service and this morning received the e-mail below. Being a trusting individual I did NOT click on anything. Instead I visited the


June 16, 2014  12:59 PM

There is no shortage of the skills to tackle e-crime, only of employers who train

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
(ISC)2, Access control, AML, Big Data, bribery, co-sourcing, COBIT, Compliace, corruption, CPD, CPNI, CREST, cyberwarfare, dwp, e_Skills, FLSP, Forensics, Fraud, FSB, HMRC, HOMER, IASME, IBM, Identity management, IISP, Information security, IPv4, IPv6, ISACA, ISSA, kyc, NCA, PCI DSS, Qradar, regulation, risk, S4C, SCADA, Security, Skill, Trend

I recently agreed to help e-Skills engage financial services employers in reviewing their


March 8, 2014  12:48 PM

Agile is not enough, neither is “systems integration” – we need a new approach to Digital Government

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Agile, Cabinet office, Ebay, Facebook, HMRC, Universal Credit

John Alexander and I have been exchanging e-mails over my analysis of the tensions between Cabinet Office and the "Silos of State" over the way forward for the delivery of public services, including how much of the problem is technology and how much is using arguments over technology are proxies...


January 9, 2014  2:28 PM

The “rift” between Cabinet Office and DWP indicates that the new HMG IT Strategy is for real

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
cabinetoffice, dwp, HMRC, Technical support, Universal Credit

I have just compared the original story about the "rift" between Cabinet Office and DWP with the refutation as...


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