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November 16, 2013  7:42 AM

Who won the battle between DWP and Cabinet Office over ID Policy?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BIS, BSI, business case, Cabinet office, cabinetoffice, dwp, Eurim, European Commission, experian, Fogging, identity, nist, oix, OJEU, RTI, STORK, tScheme, Universal Credit, Verizon

We know who lost in the battle between DWP and Cabinet Office over ID Policy - the taxpayer and the private sector bidders. Who won, apart from the fraudsters?

The fraudsters appear to be looting more from DWP and HMRC than the annual spend of GCHQ (even including that paid for by the...

November 9, 2013  9:18 AM

Who was, is or will be “responsible”, and to whom, for IT success in DWP?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Australia, Cabinet office, Centrelink, CIO, CTO, dwp, PAC, permanentsecretary, Universal Credit

The recriminations as to whether the "The Minister" or "the Permanent Secretary" was "to blame" for the current situation regarding the Universal Credit programme raises some basic issues of...


November 7, 2013  6:56 PM

Should G-Cloud and the GDS be taken seriously as contenders to run Universal Credit?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cabinet office, CloudStore, dwp, G-Cloud, HMRC, Oracle, RTI, Universal Credit

Today's release of the Public Account Committee savaging of DWP officials and the departmental response that it does not take account of the changes made...


August 12, 2013  11:04 AM

Is Cabinet Office Identity Policy relevant to improving confidence in the on-line world?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
.ico, Africa, Cabinet office, consultation, Fogging, government, GPG43, HMRC, IDP, OPG, PIA, PNR

Over the past week I have received a number of e-mails, not for posting as comments, regarding the role of UK, EU and US policy with regard to improving confidence in the on-line...

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July 18, 2013  12:01 PM

OFT Call for information on the supply of ICT to the public sector

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Business, Cabinet office, government, ICT, OFT, Procurement, Public sector

I regularly hear complaints that public sector procurement is dominated by a cartel of a dozen or players advised by teams of consultants...


July 3, 2013  7:41 AM

What’s in an (electronic) name? From restoring confidence in .UK to communicating with HMG

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cabinet office, Citizencard, DNV, experian, Kroll, Nominet, Scrivenor, suhVendorcom, UK

Nominet has just announced a new...

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April 29, 2013  3:17 PM

DWP excludes disabled users with modern browsers from using on-line services

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Abilitynet, Cabinet office, dwp, id, NAO, Sus-IT, Universal Credit

The new Government Digital Service website is a great success and has deservedly won prizes, but it is still "lipstick on the face of a pig". On May 13th I am due to chair a round table to agree the terms of reference for a high level study concerned with the use...


April 2, 2013  2:08 PM

How relevant is UK Cyber Strategy to the Cyberbattles of recent weeks

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cabinet office, CESG, Cyber security, Cyberbunker, egypt, GCHQ, Google, Information security, information society, NAO, Spamhaus

Yesterday I blogged on the consequences of the recent cyber battles between 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


March 25, 2013  12:56 PM

“The most common method of stealing identities appeared to be data breach notification”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cabinet office, Data breach, data breach notification, europeanunion, Fraud, Identity theft, Money laundering, social security number

I am indebted to Dave Birch's blog for the link to an excellent ZDnet report on a


March 8, 2013  8:45 PM

DCMS to Move to Treasury (Building) as part of downsizing …

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Cabinet office, Cisco, DCMS, treasury

Earlier this week I heard a rumour that DCMS was moving to Treasury as part of a Government reshuffle. It sounded odd that such a profound change could have been planned without any leaks. My "source" has now traced the source of the rumour - to an


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