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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...

December 31, 2013  12:33 PM

Is Mike Bracken’s CBE a mark of support or a consolation prize?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
cabinetoffice, CCTA, DVLA, dwp, Goethe, HMG, HMRC, Home Office, privacy, treasury

One of my regular sources for this blog is a seasoned Whitehall warrior who has been keeping me abreast of the progress (or otherwise) of the Cabinet...


December 9, 2013  9:37 AM

Minister under fire for putting the brakes on a project that was off the rails

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
cabinetoffice, howardshiplee, Today, Universal Credit

Which is better - that Ministers intervene when a project is clearly off the rails, or that they do not? ...


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...


May 7, 2013  5:47 PM

Government Digital Service condemned for shallow thinking

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Agile, cabinetoffice, inter-operability, Open source, PAYE, RTI, Universal Credit

I recently described the rightly praised Government Direct website as lipstick on the face of a pig, and gave one example of what lies beneath...


January 21, 2013  6:07 PM

Will 2013 be the year HMG takes skills, including those of the Civil Service, seriously

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
cabinetoffice, Procurement

Politicians have mouthed words about the importance of skills for many decades, often throwing funding at education providers. It is over a decade since the last serious IT training programme: that for 40,000 millennium bugbusters to receive quality controlled, industry standard,...


November 17, 2012  11:06 AM

Does the DWP IDAP announcement mean HMG has begun to recognise the nature of the ID market-place?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
cabinetoffice, Cassidian, digidentity, dwp, EADS, experian, ingeus, mydex, Verizon

The DWP press release announcing the first seven participants in its Identity Assurance Programme should be read in full: for what it does not say as much as for what it...


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