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NAO


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...

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 3, 2014  11:16 AM

How rural is Shoreditch, our supposed technopolis?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, BT, btgroup, DCMS, FTTP, Hyperoptic, Inca, NAO, Ofcom, Openreach, Ukraine, Ventura, Virgin, Virgin Media

There is currently a rush to bid for broadband funds which evaporate on March 31st with events being organised  to help Communities and Councils get better value for their contributions to investment...


September 9, 2013  12:04 PM

Is Universal Credit on the right track?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Agile, bermudatriangle, howardshiplee, NAO, PAC, PASC, Universal Credit

The publication of the PASC report on Civil Service Reform, "Truth to Power" , a day after the  the NAO report on the...


July 5, 2013  7:24 AM

The time has come to move from confrontation to co-operation in the roll out of rural broadband

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
AT&T, BDUK, BT, btgroup, G-Cloud, government, liberty, NAO, OFT, publicsector, Sky, Vodafone

BT is under attack from all directions at a time when it will be seeking to maximise cash flow to fund its entry into the quadruple play market. With hindsight,


June 17, 2013  11:42 AM

What questions will the NAO report on BDUK seek to answer ?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, DCMS, Defra, NAO, NTL, PSN, Public sector, Telewest, Virgin Media

I was delighted with the news that the National Audit Office will be investigating whether BDUK gives value for money. One can make a reasonable guess as to some of the questions they might...


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


January 17, 2011  8:57 PM

Have we learned the lessons of past public sector IT failures?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CCTA, iMIS, IT Governance, NAO, PASC

One of the questions asked by the Public Administration Select Committee is whether we have learned the lessons form past failures. That raises an interesting question as to what those lessons really are. Among the paper that are not readily accessible on-line are the proceedings of the...


October 21, 2009  5:01 PM

Getting more for less: the reform of public service delivery

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
NAO, OGC, Procurement

IT suppliers find it hard to understand the animosity to them from politicians when they are blamed for "failure" despite having done all that the contract said. The reason is that the politicians remember being told that the new system will do whatever they want...


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